Garrison U-15 netball queens
THE GARRISON SECONDARY are the new schools’ Under-15 netball champions, after defeating the Alleyne School 20-17 in the finals yesterday at the Netball Stadium.
Trailing 11-13 in the fourth quarter, the Garrison showed tremendous character in locking the scores and taking the lead – which was matched but never overcame – to bring great jubilation to their supporters including principal Matthew Farley.
Both teams boasted Barbados Under-16 players.
The Garrison’s wing attack Tyneisha Rowe has worn the blue and gold, while Makaela Rudder was a reserve. On the Alleyne side, Nekela Jordan and Sade Sargeant have played for the national side, while Tia Jones was a reserve.
The early exchanges showed the quality of the line-ups and neither team could get free range to score, and the first quarter ended with the scores locked 4-4.
Alleyne took a slim, 9-8, lead at the end of the second quarter, forcing Garrison coach Sandra Bruce-Small to make some changes.
The very tall Vanessa Cox-Reid, who was playing strong at goal shoot but not sinking the ball after capturing it, was given some bench time, while Shaquanna Quintyne was brought on as wing defence.
When Cox-Reid was reinstated in the fourth quarter, the Garrison began to take charge, although Tia Jones continued to fight valiantly for Alleyne. Sharifa Belgraves – the eventual MVP – was all over the court for the Garrison as they shut down Alleyne’s passes.
Allyene also helped their opponents by turning over the ball.
Reid-Cox sank 14 of 19 for the winners, while Shonika Wharton scored two from three and Nikita President contributed four goals from nine attempts.
For Alleyne, Tia Jones scored five goals from nine attempts but Nekela Jordan was off and converted only 12 of her 20 shots.
Coach Bruce-Small was obviously thrilled with Garrison’s victory but she was quick to point to the character displayed by her players, particularly in the fourth quarter when they surged to take the game and the title.