History-making Camperdown hunt national basketball girls' title

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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CAMPERDOWN High defeated defending champions Holy Childhood High 29-24 points to capture the 2017 ISSA high school girls Southern Conference basketball title at GC Foster College last Friday. The east Kingston-based school and the top two teams from each of the other zones now look toward today's one-day national championship play-off at GC Foster College.

Camperdown, Western runners-up Holland and Central champions St Elizabeth Technical High School are in Zone One.

Zone Two consists of Southern runners-up Holy Childhood, Central runners-up Christiana and Mount Alvernia, the champion team from the Western Conference.

Action is slated to start at 9:00 am.

Camperdown's win in the Southern Conference was their first ever in the competition.

“We came much stronger this time around and the players pulled it off. We are looking at winning the all-island National Championship play-off and we are also confident, but the players will have to work much harder to come out victorious,” said Daseen Boyd, winning coach of Camperdown High.

Coach Oneil Brown of Holy Childhood said his team's second-quarter effort was a let-down.

“The girls played badly in the second quarter as, after leading in the first quarter, they managed to score only one point and that was not good. Also, they attempted 25 free throws and only scored two points, and that is another factor which they will have to improve for the national play-off,” Brown said.

Holy Childhood led 9-3 at the end of the first quarter, but Camperdown outscored them in the second quarter to lead 13-10 at half-time.

The teams were locked in a keen battle in the third quarter as they scored 10 points each.

The ding-dong tussle continued, but it was the Camperdown team that held on to win the game.

— Gerald Reid




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