We had five visiting schools from around China come to our school for the tournament: International School Qingdao (ISQ), Tianjin Economic Development Area International School (
TEDA), Xiamen International School (XIS), Shekou International School (SIS) and Yew Chung International School, Beijing (YCIS).
We began our ACAMIS campaign with a convincing win against YCIS by a scoreline of 61-11. BISS Lions struck early, scoring 20 points in a dominating first period. Noelle Heinrich’s scorching sprints on the left side of our offense proved too much to handle for the opposition, while Lions’ captain Salla Tuomaala drove through the middle on her way to scoring 12 points. She was assisted by Jacqueline Chen, who mesmerized YCIS with her crossover dribbles throughout. Defensively Marit Wienholts and Na Young Jin made telling blocks and formed an almost impenetrable barrier in front of our basket.
On Friday, our offense failed to reach the dizzying heights of the first game but still clocked up 24 points in an intriguing win against a battling XIS team, by 24-6. Maddie Johnson and Laura Kelly delivered impressive performances, especially after the defensevely commanding Jiwoo Yoon unfortunately rolled her ankle and could play no further part. TEDA felt the full wrath of the Lions in the following game, where another explosive start sent us on our way to a 37-8 win. The speed and accuracy of our lay-ups was evident and the opposition simply could not contain our girls. The BISS Lions’ remaining game on Friday night was a fascinating one against ISQ, which we eventually ran away with, by 41-16. Salla again led the charge with her ability to find gaps in the opposition’s zone defense. Barbara Asfour came in to score 6 points and assist, while Megan Tan and Maddie were called upon to make telling contributions.
So with 4 wins from 4 games we arrived on Saturday morning to face SIS, traditionally a strong outfit in this competition. Again, an intense start from the BISS Lions gave us a commanding lead after the first quarter, which we would not relinquish in a final score line of 41-15 (Salla grabbing 18 points). Special mention must go to Megan for her “fake and make” shot which was one of the scores of the entire tournament. That led us to a semi-final showdown with the ever improving TEDA. The girls utilised motion offense to devastating effect and ran out comfortable winners by 41-12. Jacqueline, Laura and Noelle were particularly strong on the fast break. The joy at the final whistle was quickly replaced by steely determination as we realised we'd made it to face ISQ in the final.
Having beaten ISQ already in the competition, the girls did well to avoid complacency. We predicted another tough battle and so it proved to be. We started sluggishly in front of a large, expectant crowd, which may have led to some early nerves. Salla was targeted by the opposition, who had spotted her talent in previous games and realised she was a massive threat. She was marked tightly but still managed 10 points. Foul trouble restricted Marit and Noelle for long periods of the final but Barbara, Megan, Laura and Maddie played excellently when called upon. After half time we upped the tempo and eventually pulled clear. Marit came back in and made three massive blocks, while Noelle and Jacqueline plundered points on the fast break. Jacqueline ended as the final’s top scorer with a magnificent 12 points. Na Young screened and made “back door cuts” to devastating effect, earning her 4 crucial points. As the clock ticked down the BISS Lions were finally finding their rhythm and there was only going to be one winner. Unbridled joy with a hint of relief greeted the final whistle, we were now ACAMIS champions to go along with our 3rd place at SISAC. Overall, an excellent season for this young Division 1 group, who are already looking forward to further improvements next year. Well done to all involved!
- Coaches Micky Dunphy & Mark Wilson