Clapton Girls Academy under-16s crowned National Schools’ champions

Clapton Girls Academy celebrate their victory (Pic: Clapton Girls Academy)

Clapton Girls Academy celebrate their victory (Pic: Clapton Girls Academy) - Credit: Archant

Clapton Girls Academy under-16 girls were crowned Dynamik Flooring National Schools’ champions after the Final Fours in Manchester t the weekend.

The Hackney-based school sealed a 67-63 victory in the final against Aylesbury High School to bag the top prize.

Youngster Jade Guidolin-Duncan also got her hands on a second piece of silverware as she was named the Most Valuable Player for the weekend after picking up 29 points, including 19 in the second half of the final.

The girls were losing 33-27 at the half-time break in the final, but a strong second-half performance saw them bring it home.

Head coach Fe Duhaney-Keown told Basketball England: “It has been a great weekend.

“The energy level was low coming into this final, that led to some nerves in the early going, but then the defensive effort kicked in and I felt more comfortable that we’d have this one.

“I was worried in that final quarter, but I never doubted the team.

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“I was confident that when we got the ball back we’d know what to do with it. The right people needed to make the right decisions and that exactly what happened.”