Bristol Metropolitan Academy girls are national basketball champions
BRISTOL Metropolitan Academy’s Under-14 girls basketball team has won the national championship for the first time. PE teacher and coach Hannah Wallace writes:
FOR the first time in Bristol Metropolitan Academy’s history, our U14 girls are national champions. This is an incredible achievement and is a result of the dedication, commitment and hard work of our players and staff over the past five years.
The team performed well during the knockout stages of the competition, beating some well-known basketball schools.
The girls played the final in Manchester on May 13 against Trinity CE school, who are coached by an ex-GB international and have one of the best girls’ programs in the country.
It was an unbelievable start, with the team sticking to the game plan and dominating from the outset, quickly going up 13-4.
The BMA team continued to push, to eventually win by a huge 74-48 margin.
All the girls contributed to the team, especially defensively, limiting the opposition’s scoring opportunities and causing plenty of turnovers.
Intelligent and stand-out defence from both Megan Mills and Eadie Ellis Jones locked down the international player from the other team and enabled us to extend our lead further.
Kamilah Yakubu and Angel Whyte were outstanding on the offensive end, combining for 62 points.
Action from the final
It was a tight-run contest between the two for the most valuable player title but Kamilah's impressive 34 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals helped her secure it.
I could not be prouder of the girls. The commitment and dedication they have put into this season has been outstanding and they deserve all the success they have had.
This title is the result of the hard work that has gone into the program in the past five years from players, staff and parents.
As we continue to grow our program, I am looking forward to seeing more girls staying active and enjoying sport – and hopefully there will be a few more titles along the way too!