The U.13 Girls Basketball put forward an amazing effort throughout their day at ISB for the ISAC tournament. They started with a convincing 20+ point victory against Keystone Academy, followed by a gritty performance to pull away from and win against ISB to earn the top seed in their pool. Their semi-final game saw them encounter some scoring woes, however, and despite a last minute surge they fell just short of making the championship game. They held off a push from BSB in the 3/4 game and captured 3rd place based on their strong defense and hustle. Congratulations to the whole team on their tournament and season success!
The final game of the regular season proved a bit of a roller coaster for the U.13 Girls team. After a slow start by both teams, WAB jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to have DCB come storming back to end the first half. Overcoming a 6-point deficit starting in the 3rd quarter, the Tigers took back the lead and went into the late stages of the game up 16-12. Then, in the final minute, DCB scored a quick basket to bring the score to 16-14 and almost had a chance to tie the score in the dying seconds of the game but fell short due to good final defense and the welcome sound of the final buzzer. The ride for WAB ended happily, and put them on a positive track going into ISAC - hosted by ISB - this coming Saturday. Go Tigers!!
The U13 girls claimed another victory in their already successful season in their contest against cross-town rival BSB. Despite the half-court pressure and tight man-to-man defense that BSB tried to use against them, the Tigers rose to the challenge breaking out to an early lead. Their tough defense and ability to take care of the ball for so much of the game helped them hold on to that lead and head off on their week-long vacation on a high note.
In a very grueling day, the Tigers had both their skill and stamina tested as they played 3 matches almost one after the other. The first game ended with a strong victory for WAB, 10-4 against Dulwich College. Next up, after a single game off to rest, they took on the surprise addition to the tournament from Keystone Academy - the team with the tallest player in the tournament - and fought back after an early deficit to win 11-9. In their 3rd game of the day, one without any rest after the previous match up and with a dramatically shortened bench, they played their second game of the season against ISB. This time, however, they held close until the last quarter when fatigue got the better of them and ISB was able to develop a commanding lead to the final whistle.
Congratulations on well-fought games throughout the day, and what hopefully proves to be a great beginning to the journey to the final ISAC tournament in late April!
In another match away from WAB, the girls traveled to Harrow International School and put on a commanding performance against the home team. Lots of minutes were given to lots of different people as the Tigers cruised to a strong win.
The Gr. 7 (U13) Girls Basketball team had their first game yesterday, traveling to ISB to take on the Dragons. They got out to a very quick start, leading 6-0 early on, and held on in the end to win 10-8 in a slightly shortened game. Congratulations on a solid start which included lots of hustle and good teamwork!
The tournament started with the JV2 girls from WAB, ranked 3rd in the league after season results, tipping off against home team and 2nd-ranked BWYA. Right from the start, the improved defense of the WAB team shone as they limited BWYA's scoring chances through the first half of play. Unfortunately, the girls lacked the scoring touch they had demonstrated in their last 2 matches and despite many chances were unable to convert shots to points. As the game moved on, BWYA found their fast break rhythm and were able to pull away in the face of the on-going shooting woes of the JV2 team.
The next match vs. BCIS began a bit slowly and saw continued struggles on the offensive end of the floor for the Tigers, but at the start of the second half they asserted themselves with a stretch of very strong full-court pressure and aggressive defensive play which allowed them to pull ahead comfortably and maintain their lead right to the final buzzer. In the end, they girls took home the 3rd place trophy from the day, and were able to hold their heads up high at the end of a season which saw enormous improvement for them as a team and as individual players. Congratulations!
In the team's final game before the end-of-season ISAC tournament, the JV2 girls took on Harrow Beijing's Varsity team (after they had to pull out their lower teams from competition). The Tigers played a reasonably strong first 1/2, holding their stronger and more accomplished varsity opponents to only 8 points in each of the first 2 quarters. On the offensive side of the game, however, the team struggled to find open spots of the floor and get good shots at the basket - something which proved true for much of the game. Despite the lop-sided loss, the Tigers kept their heads up and fought hard all game long, taking an impressive effort and attitude with them off the floor and into the rest of their week - a strong place to be in right before heading to BWYA for a series of ISAC league re-matches at the final tournament.
Fresh out of holidays, and with only 1 practice session under their belts, the JV2 girls jumped into the gym against the BCIS Warriors. Right from the opening tip-off, they looked much more poised and confident than in their earlier matches and these traits allowed them to jump out to a large, early lead. They played strong defense throughout to keep the opposition's scoring chances down, and at the other end of the floor they moved the ball quickly and communicated well to increase their own scoring chances. Overall, it was an excellent showing at an excellent time of the season - at the start of the final run-up to the ISAC tournament!
Next up: Harrow Beijing on Monday...