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School Sport: St Martin’s net Essex basketball title

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 May 2017

St Martin's under-15 girls celebrate winning the Essex Schools' basketball title for a second year running

St Martin's under-15 girls celebrate winning the Essex Schools' basketball title for a second year running

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Under-15 girls are champions for second year in succession

St Martin’s under-15 girls were crowned Essex basketball champions for a second year in a row after beating Greensward Academy in the final.

The Hutton pupils had beaten local rivals Mayflower High (61-35) earlier in the competition, before defeating and Great Baddow Sports College (37-25) in the semi-final.

And the final was a repeat of last year’s decider, with Saints facing a strong Greensward team from Hockley and getting off to a flying start.

Saints attacked with fast breaks to score early baskets and moved the ball swiftly around the key to gain a lead that was never broken.

Their defence dominated at the other end of the court, consistently turning the ball over with strong rebounds and good vision resulted in numerous interceptions.

And all of the St Martin’s girls displayed excellent teamwork and determination, with exceptional individual performances from Skye Stack and Ria Brown in attack and defensively from Leah Buckley and Harriet Hiskett.

Saints ran out 45-31 winners to complete a double following the county title success of the under-15 boys’ team.

Head of girls’ PE Lynne Swan said: “The whole team have been brilliant again this season showing excellent commitment in all of their games and training.

“We only have one girl who plays basketball out of school and the team really benefitted from playing a large number of games in the Mid Essex Development League which is for non-club players.

“They are a lovely group of girls who are a pleasure to work with, they thoroughly deserve this success.”

St Martin’s: Lauren Game, Caitlin Knight, Leah Buckley, Grace Goldsbrough, Ria Brown, Harriet Hisket, Sophie Reeves, Millie White, Skye Stack, Sophie Griffiths, Chloe Sewell. Staff: Lynne Swan, Tara Allen.

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