Herbert Morrison secures seven straight wins in Girls' basketball competition
Irwin High School's Kaii-Lee Maxwell (right) looks for a pass as she is being challenged by Mt Alvernia High's Shenniel Lawrence in the ISSA Western Conference Girls Open basketball return round game played at Mt Alvernia High on March 14th. Mt Alvernia High won the game 36-26.(Photo: Paul Reid)

ST JAMES, Jamaica— Herbert Morrison Technical made it seven wins in a row and secured the top spot in the ISSA Western Conference Girls Open basketball competition after beating Holland High 53-31 in their return round game played at Herbert Morrison on Wednesday.

Taveen Clarke led with a double-double 18 points and 10 steals as Herbert Morrison climbed to 14 points with three games to go, two more than Mt Alvernia High, followed by Holland High and Irwin High - both on 10 points - with Muschett High in fifth place on seven points and William Knibb Memorial on six points in sixth place.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals and finals that were scheduled for next week have been pushed back another week to accommodate two sets of rescheduled games that were not played because of industrial actions by teachers earlier this month as well as rain last week.

On Wednesday, Herbert Morrison, who also got 15 points from Dandreika Wittingham and 21 rebounds from Nejron Stephenson, got off to a fast start and led Holland High by 10 points 16-6 after the first quarter and were up 29-10 at half time and 45-21 going into the fourth quarter.

Jemelia Hines scored 16 points to lead Holland High while Tessanne Nebeth scored nine points.

Mt Alvernia High held on to second place after a nail-biting one-point 14-13 win over William Knibb Memorial at Muschett High in a game that saw the teams exchange the lead several times.

William Knibb, led by Allain Walters who scored 12 of their 13 points, led 2-0 after the first quarter. But the Montego Bay school rallied to tie up the scores at 6-all at halftime before Mt Alvernia surged ahead to lead 11-8 after three quarters.

William Knibb fell just short of getting their first win of the season despite outscoring Mt Alvernia 5-3 in the fourth quarter.

Irwin High, who had to come from behind, ended a losing skid with a 17-10 win over hosts Muschett, thanks to a game-high eight points from Elise Brown.

Muschett High led 4-1 at the first break and were up 7-6 at halftime but Irwin took over the lead in the third quarter and were up 10-8 at the end of the third period.

Rhianna McLean scored seven points and had eight rebounds for Muschett High.

PAUL A REID , Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

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