Our first game was AIS who had been a tough opposition in the warm up games and showed the same competitiveness in this match. BIS were 2-4 down at half time with the nerves of the first championship game showing through. After a half time talk and re-group the team pulled themselves through and won 14-10.
The second game was SSIS and after getting one game already under our belts the nerves were much more settled, strong performances from Gemma and Hayley Handscombe putting numerous fast breaks on the score board meant BIS came out on top 27-14.
This meant BIS topped group A and were through to the semi-finals to play the host school ISHCMC.
After a competitive first half BIS were up 16-11 and an own basket from ISHCMC put us even further into the lead. Captain Kiara Kazzi scored some excellent baskets and some good defending from the whole team meant the final score was 31-20 and BIS were into the final!
It was TIS in the final and although we had beaten them in the warm up games the girls knew they were a strong team and had been playing well all day. TIS started incredibly well, breaking through our defense and putting score after score on the board, at half time it was 16-9 to TIS with 11 points in it. All credit to the attitude of the BIS girls who knew it was a long way to come back but never put their heads down or let nerves get the better of them. With nothing to lose we took the second half on, defense was tighter, shooting was better and the support from the side-line was going our way. Gemma Handscombe scored one of her free throws to put BIS one point behind with 35 seconds to go. Showing great confidence Hayley Handscombe drove down the court and took the shot to make it 26-25 BIS!
TIS had one last chance after calling a time out with 9 seconds left and inbounding the ball from halfway but after being called for travel it was all over!
The entire team played a part in winning the championships and should be immensely proud of their performance. Please congratulate the girls if you see them!