Former finalists Herbert Morrison Technical High (HMTHS) and Irwin all recorded opening day wins as action tipped off on Tuesday, February 28, in the ISSA Western Conference schoolgirls Basketball competition.
HMTHS on the back of an explosive 32 points from the talented and versatile Taveena Clarke eased pass William Knibb 80-12 in a lopsided clash as they recorded the widest margin of victory on the day.
‘Compre’ were in control of the contest from start to finish and kept their opponents off the scoreboard for the entire opening quarter as they tallied 14 points. The Dave Black-coached team added a further 15 points in the second quarter as they took a comfortable 29-6 lead into the halftime interval.
They continued to press their opponents and amassed a further 51 points in the second half, 30 in the final quarter on their way to closing out the lopsided win.
Top-scorer Clarke also contributed 5 steals and was assisted by a solid double, double from Nejron Stephenson, 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Left-hander Bianca Maxwell also gave support dominating the stats board with 12 rebounds, 6 points, 5 assists, 7 steals, and 2 block shots.
Allain Walters, 6 points, and Deondra Evans, 4, got the most points for the Knibb team.
IRWIN COMES FROM BEHIND
Elsewhere, Irwin turned in a sensational late push rallying from a halftime deficit to pull off a stunning 31-25 win over reigning champions Mount Alvernia High at that schools’ home ground.
In a sensational comeback, Irwin, who trailed for the first three quarters, powered their way to the win with a stunning 20 points tally in the last quarter of the match, trailing 25-11 at the start of the quarter.
Rusheeda Gibson scored 11 points and Jamelia Wright scoring 8, got the most points from the Nicole Dias-coached team.
Holland gained victory by a walkover after Muschett failed to show for their battle. Holland High was awarded a 20-0 point margin of victory and three points.