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2007 Glen High School season report

By on March 14, 2008 in High School

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 This season was a very good season for girls’ basketball at the Glen. We had 2 teams progressing and winning the finals of the league. The boys’ basketball teams didn’t fair as well having finished third in their respective pools.

The U/14 and U/19 girls teams finished 2nd in their polls, qualifying for the semi finals of the league. The U/14 girls lost to Willowridge in the league and were drawn against them in the semi-final. It was a close match but the Glen came out on top, proceeding to the final to St. Mary’s DSG at St. Mary’s indoor court on Saturday 9th June. The Glen was the better team throughout the game and walked away 2007 league champions beating St. Mary’s DSG 25-10. Makgotso Moloatoa, her 1st year as a coach and a former Glen player, did well to start teaching the young girls the fundamentals. Well done to her and her team!

The Glen’s U/19 girls team had a very good start to the season. The team had gone undefeated for 5 matches in the regular season until the last regulation match. The team had won 5 of the 6 matches to put them 2nd in the pool and book a place in the semi-final against the 1st place team in the 2 nd pool, Pretoria High School for Girls. We knew this was going to be tough match. PHSG had not lost a match in 2 years. There was a big rivalry between the Glen and Girls High. The Glen always seemed to lose big matches by 1 point. The team had prepared its self for the match the whole season. It was, as expected a tightly contested match, with both teams trying to shut down the other. Nombulelo Ngcuka made 3 big shots, 2 of which were 3 pointers, to put the Glen in the lead at 8-1. PHSG fought back to level the game at 10-10 in the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter. Nombulelo Ngcuka suck a free throw 2 minutes from the end to give the Glen a 1 point lead.

The Glen won the game 11-10. This was a big mental victory for the Glen, having won a game against their rivals. The win meant were going to face Jafta Mahlangu in the final of league. The Glens only lose during the season was to Jafta Mahlangu. However, the loss was a blessing in disguise as it motivated the girls more and prepared themselves for a tougher match than the ones they had been having throughout the season.

The final was held at St Mary’s DSG indoor court on Saturday 9th June. The Glen girls had been preparing for the match the whole season. I believe they were in a good state of mind from the previous day and they were confidant.

The glen quickly got into the lead with some good basket being created from our set offensive set. There were some good baskets scored from back door cuts and screen and rolls from both sides of the floor. On the defensive side we tried to shut down Jafta’s big forward as this seemed like their game plan. However, this got our small guards into foul trouble early in the game. The glen was leading throughout the 1st half but what seemed like slip in concentration in the 3rd quarter, we lost the lead. We went into the 4thquarter trailing 20-18. Mamoeana Kubuzie made 2 big shots, one from the wing and one from free throw line to tie the game up and put us into the lead at 22-20. However, she fouled out with about 5 minutes to go from the end. She was substituted by Yolandi Heffer, who made her presence known by quickly scoring from a fast break to put us up by 4. Quickly afterwards Rosy Maroleni was fouled out and was substituted by Rena Kabeya, a young but strong forward that had the job of defending Jafta’a big forward, she did extremely well in this role. Some good rebounding and running down the floor resulted in another fast break basket to put us up by 6 at 26-20. We had about 1 minute to go with Jafta’s possession. Jafta scored on this possession. We were still 4 up with 30 seconds to go. So with absence of a 24-sec clock we decided to hold the ball and pass it around. It worked and the Glen’s Girls team had won their 1st league title in 7 years. It was an emotional experience for the whole team, including myself, which shows how much effort and heart had gone into preparing for this season. The girls did very well and I was and still am very proud of them.

The following girls received league awards:

U/14

Khonzi Shongwe – All Star

Neurite Mendes – MVP

U/19

Tumelo Monare – All Star

Nombulelo Ngcuak – All Star

Mamoeana Kubuzie – MVP

Evano Pez, from the boys 1st Team, will be part of the team presenting Guateng at The National Club Championships in Cape Town, in July.

We look forward to the St. Peters and Pietermaritzburg tournaments coming up in the second part of the year and whole to emulate the same success as we did this season.

Bojan Palic
Girls U/19 Basketball Coach

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