On Thursday 23rd November, Students from Bexhill College travelled to Farnborough (Hampshire) to compete in the prestigious AoC Sport South East England Regional Basketball Championships.
The Womenís Academy won all of their group games against Portsmouth (15-12), Queen Maryís (11-9) and Peter Symonds (17-11).
The girls stepped it up a gear in the quarterfinals, beating Richard Taunton 16Ė0. During this game, the team lost one of their key players, Reana Haenseler, due to an ankle injury, which ended her involvement in the tournament and resulted in a trip to A&E. A huge round of applause broke as she was carried off the court. Reana had a fantastic tournament and all the team and staff wish her a speedy recovery.
The semi-finals saw a second game against Portsmouth but this time, without Reana. It was neck and neck, with each team going point for point. With only 8 seconds left on the clock, Bexhill College were losing 10-12 but team captain Nicole Calland drove to the basket, drawing a foul and making the shot resulting in 12-12. Nicole had one free throw to win the game and made it, which meant that Bexhill saw out the last few seconds winning 13-12. This resulted in Bexhill Collegeís first ever basketball regional final.
In the final, the academy went on to play Itchen College, a team that has won the tournament almost every year since the competition started. Itchen came out with an aggressive full court press, which stopped Bexhill College finding their usual rhythm. The game ended 8-4 in Itchenís favour, which was a fair result with a depleted team by the final.
The college is extremely proud of the teamís achievement in reaching the finals. When the academy started three years ago, the girls did not win a game at regionals but are now competing with some of the best college teams in the country. Training twice a week, the College has faced opponents from womenís university teams, local club teams and Bexhill College menís academy to prepare for competitions. The team will continue to work hard and hopefully go that one-step further and take the South East trophy next year.
For any students interested to join Bexhill College Womenís Basketball academy next September, contact Mark Linch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book a trial date.