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← 7th National Basketball Championship
The John Paul College 2015 Open Women’s team has claimed the College’s 7th National Championship title after defeating St Joseph’s Catholic College (NSW) at the Australian Schools Championships held in Canberra today. It was the seventh consecutive grand final appearance for the John Paul College women’s team at the Championships.
The team convincingly won all their pool games and went into the final looking to better its silver medal from the 2014 Championships. The girls took a two point lead into the second quarter and found their range from the floor and the free-throw line to extend the lead to 18 going into the half time break.
The St Joseph’s team came out hard in the third quarter, reducing the deficit to 13 at one stage. Cool heads prevailed though as the John Paul College girls again took control. The final quarter was a nail-biter, as again the St Joseph’s players applied the pressure. Three crucial three pointers extended the College’s lead and ensured the National Title was again in Queensland hands on the final buzzer. The final score 84 – 60. The win was very much a team effort with all eight members receiving court time in the final. “Nothing beats a good team,” said Headmaster, Peter Foster, who was in Canberra to support the girls. “Each and every player performed brilliantly over the duration of the Championships and their hard work throughout the year has paid enormous dividends,” he said. “No school in the history of the Championships as won as many titles and we’re enormously proud of these girls and the ongoing success of our girls’ basketball programme.”
There will be little rest for the girls as they depart Brisbane on Sunday 6 December for an 18-day, 12 match tour of the United States with other John Paul College basketball players.