Hyderabad: St Ann’s Junior College edged past a fighting NASR School 23-22 in an exciting encounter in the Basketball Federation of India’s Indian School Basketball league, conducted by Telangana Basketball Association, at Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet.
Junior National player Srivani was the toast of St Ann’s win as she rattled the defence of NASR School to brace up an individual tally of 16 points in her team’s tally of 23. But Nista Reddy and Thasya kept NASR in the hunt with regular baskets. The teams were locked 11-11 at half time.
On resumption, NASR tightened their defence on Srivani. As a result, NASR broke free and led 22-21 before Khushi Thapa struck from an offensive rebound to seal the match in St Ann’ favour.
In another match, Don Bosco rallied to defeat St Joseph’s School Habsiguda 33-30 after trailing 13-16 at half time. Don Bosco relied heavily on Sarah Issac for scoring as she notched up seven out of nine points in the first quarter to take a slender 9-8 lead over St Joseph’s.
However, employing close marking, St. Joseph’s took a 16-13 lead at half-time with Ragamayee scoring through fast breaks. St Joseph’s continued to play with good pace as Yeshashwini and Vaishnavi scored two baskets apiece to take a comfortable 27-18 lead at end of the third quarter.
Don Bosco turned the tables from fourth quarter as change of tactics saw them upset St Joseph’s plans. Switching to full court defence, they cut out the scoring of the loser and also picked up their scoring mainly through Sarah, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to finally win the match 33-30.
St. Ann’s Junior College 23 (Srivani 16; Khushi Thapa 4) bt NASR School 22 (Nishta Reddy 10; Thasya 6). Don Bosco 33 (Sarah 26; Amreen 4) bt St. Joseph’s School Habsiguda 30 (Vaishnavi 8; Ragamayee 8). Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet 24 (Shubhalaxmi 12; Ojasvi 8) bt Villa Marie Junior College 14 (Srishti 6; Jahnavi 4). Srinidhi International School 38 (Meghana 14; Srinithya 10; Meghana 10) bt Gitanjali Devshala 28 (Ruchi 12; Joshika 10). Chirec Public School 35 (Dhatri 9; Muskaan 6) bt St. Joseph’s Public School King Koti 14 (Sanskriti 8) St. Andrew’s High School 24 (Nidhi 10; Abigail 8) bt St. Francis Junior College 16 (Pooja 8; Priyanka 4). Obul Reddy Public School 22 (Mohana 12; Vasali 6) bt St. Anthony’s Girls High School 14 (Arpeetha 6; Vaishnavi 4). The Future Kids School 34 (Sriya 10; Aditi 10; Hitha 6) bt Delhi Public School Hyderabad 22 (Harshita 6; Kinnera 6).