Pupils do battle in county basketball finals

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich.
U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsb

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich. U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsborough School (blue and yellow). - Credit: Archant

Inspire Suffolk recently played host to a full day of boys and girls county basketball finals at under 12, under 14 and under 16 level.

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich.
U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsb

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich. U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsborough School (blue and yellow). - Credit: Archant

The morning saw Westley Middle and Copleston compete for both the under 12 titles.

The girls’ game was close until the half but it was Westley’s greater depth that prevailed during the second, as eight different players got on the scoresheet. The game ended 48-30 to Westley.

The boys game was to see a reversal of fortune - again it was close to the half with both sides looking to play some nice fast break basketball. Copleston took the game and the title 45-26.

Next were the under 14 girls with Northgate and Thomas Gainsborough School (TGS) matching up.

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich.
U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsb

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich. U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsborough School (blue and yellow). - Credit: Archant


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TGS made a dominant start and it looked like the game was going to be very one-sided, but thanks to the Boddy sisters, Northgate fought back to only trail by eight at the half. Despite a late surge from Northgate, TGS finished up 57-47 winners. Top scorers for Northgate were Alicia Boddy with 21 and Emily Boddy with 24. Top scorer for TGS with 36 was Cameron Taylor-Willis.

Probably the closest game of the day was between Farlingaye and County Upper in the Under 14 boys final, which was a three point game with one minute to go. Farlingaye held on to win the title 43-37.

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The Under 16 girls game was between TGS and Kesgrave and was rather one-sided with TGS winning 52-18.

Last game of the day was between Holbrook and County Upper playing off for the Under 16 boys title. The game was played in great spirit with County easing to a 67-37 victory.

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich.
U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsb

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich. U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsborough School (blue and yellow). - Credit: Archant

Kathryn James from Suffolk Schools Basketball said ‘As well as all the participating schools I would like to thank all the officials as well as a number of superb leaders from County, Northgate and Copleston who enabled the day to run so smoothly. Good luck to 5 of these schools who now go on to represent Suffolk Schools in the Regional Round.”

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich.
U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsb

Suffolk Basketball Finals at Inspire in Ipswich. U16 Girls - Kesgrave (navy blue) v Thomas Gainsborough School (blue and yellow). - Credit: Archant

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