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Girls Win their First Basketball Competition

Monday, 17 June 2013

A team of Bolton School Junior Girls entered their first ever Schools’ Basketball Competition and won, despite their lack of experience!

Mrs Higgins entered the Junior Girls into the competition, on the notion that the Yr5's had previously played mini basketball in PE lessons and that they were all good netball players, with the emphasis on just having fun.

Six schools took part in the competition. In the group stages Bolton School faced St Osmund's and St Stephen's and played each team twice. The girls’ height and netball skills were a clear advantage in the first game against St Stephen's and their confidence was boosted with a 9-2 victory. The next game against St Osmund's was more challenging. It was very close but with tired legs they lost 3-2. Another win against St Stephen's and a 3-2 win against St Osmund's left the girls equal on points with St Osmunds with 3 wins and 1 loss, meaning goal difference decided who made it to the final. St Osmund's had scored 12 baskets, whilst Bolton had scored 24, taking the girls to the final!

The final was against St James', Daisy Hill. The girls started well with some excellent shooting. St James' had some very good basketball players, but again the Bolton girls’ height and netball skills proved valuable and they won 5-0.

Mrs Higgins said: “To say we were in shock was an understatement. We had entered a basketball competition for a bit of fun with very little experience and had ended up winning. You couldn't have written it!”

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Bolton School Junior Girls Basketball

The girls won their very first basketball competition, despite very little experience