School Sport: Barking Abbey upset Cumberland
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 February 2015
Girls basketball squad produce best of season
Barking Abbey’s under-15 girls’ basketball squad produced their best display of the season to beat Newham rivals Cumberland in the Dynamik National Schools Championship.
Yasemin Charles caused early problems for the visitors with her pace to the basket, scoring some good lay-ups to help Abbey build a five-point lead in the first quarter.
And the home side produced some excellent defensive work across the court, with Tia Scott-Preston and Jessica Sultan working especially hard to mark Cumberland’s top scorer.
Those combined efforts allowed Abbey to claim a 40-33 victory, having lost to Palmers Catholic Academy and St Angela’s in their earlier group games.
And teacher Carly Copplestone was delighted with her side’s performance, saying: “It was a great win that we didn’t expect.
“I was really surprised given the other results this season, but we played really good defence and our offence was brilliant.
“We were able to score more freely, having had problems in other games. We don’t usually get enough rebounds, but Fatu (Jobe) and Ketia (Ituko) really boxed out.”
Abbey’s under-15s had already won their borough competition this season to qualify for the London Youth Games, as well as three friendly matches, but Copplestone admitted it is always tough playing against more experienced Newham schools.
“It’s really hard to compete with Newham schools,” she said. “They do basketball at primary, while Barking & Dagenham do netball. We have to start them off from scratch.
“My under-16s got to the National final last year, but there are no academy players this year. It’s hard to get kids in key stage four.
“I’ve had the under-15s since year seven and they won the boroughs, but lost to Palmers and St Angela’s. I had a feeling we’d lose to Cumberland, but they’ve got better throughout the year.
“If they’d played like that before, they would have beaten St Angela’s, but that’s sport. We’ll go back to the drawing board and hopefully get there next year.”
Barking Abbey: Jessica Sultan 10, Yasemin Charles 9, Tia Scott-Preston 8, Ketia Ituko 6, Fatu Jobe 4, Jennifer Gjoni 2, Angelina McIntosh 1.
n Barking Abbey’s under-16 boys beat their Greig City rivals last week, while the girls defeated St Angela’s.
The academy squad ran out 83-67 winners over Ealing, while the netball academy beat Bishop’s Stortford and Seevic.
Abbey finished runners-up in the borough’s year eight and year 10 handball competitions, while the year seven football boys beat Eastbury (3-1) and the year nines celebrated a 4-1 win.
Abbey’s basketball academy side are due to host Plymouth today (Wednesday, 4.30pm), while the netball academy host Oaklands College and Palmers.
The year 10 boys compete in a handball competition at Jo Richardson, while the under-16s take part in the futsal tournament at Sporthouse tomorrow (Thursday).
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