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English Schools champions crowned

5 April 2003
Hemel Hempstead, England

ESBBA crowned four schools champions at their annual Finals Day in Hemel Hempstead.

Under 16 Girls Individual Schools Final

Greensward College 61
(14, 30, 52)
Kelly Matthews/Amy Andrews 16

Northampton School for Girls 90
(25, 44, 66)
Angelina Browne 56, Hannah Scott-Evans 13

In the day's first final, Northampton School for Girls took the Under 16 Girls title, with a comprehensive 90-61 victory over Greensward College from Essex.

Both teams were led by WNBL coaches - Karen Goodrich (Northampton) and Steve Pearl (Greensward) - but it was the day's highest inidividual scorer who grabbed the headlines in this match-up.

Northampton's Angelina Browne demonstrated her England credentials as she hit 56 points to help her school to their first Under 16 Final success.

Under 16 Boys Individual Schools Final

Ashton on Mersey School, Manchester 75
(18, 42, 59)
Eddie Prophet 26, Eddie Kennewell 16

Helsby High School, Warrington 76
(23, 43, 64)
Luke Ankers 18, Tom Gregory 15

The closest finish of the day came as Helsby High School triumphed 76-75 over their North West rivals Ashton on Mersey in the Under 16 Boys Final.

Despite facing a team with three national team players, Helsby held off a late charge from Ashton, to take their first title.

Luke Ankers led Helsby's scoring with 18 points, with Ashton's England international Eddie Prophet hitting a game-high 26 points.

Under 19 Girls Individual Schools Final

Ellesmere Port Catholic High School 86
(26, 40, 61)
Johannah Leedham 34, Alex Lodge 23

Greensward College, Essex 56
(22, 34, 54)
Vicki Willmore 28, Joanne Andrews 10

Ellesmere Port Catholic High School saw success in the Under 19 Girls Final, with an 86-56 win over Greensward College.

With experienced coaches in the form of James McGinn and Robbie Peers (Chester Jets - BBL), Ellesmere Port were made to work hard through three quarters as Northampton trailed by just seven points at 54-61 going into the final period.

When Greensward College's England international Vicki Willmore fouled out early in the final period, the air went out of her team's balloon, and Ellesmere Port romped home, taking the final quarter by an emphatic 27-2.

Johannah Leedham scored a game-high 34 points for Ellesmere Port
whilst Willmore led the way for Greensward College with 28 points.

Under 19 Boys Individual Schools Final

High Storrs School, Sheffield 65
(9, 29, 46)
Tom Scott 23, Joe Ransom 15

St Columba's College, St Albans 82
(19, 41, 64)
Rodney Bryn-Hussey 31, Chris Goddard 16

The last final of the day went the way of St Columba's College from St Albans, as they defeated High Storrs School of Sheffield by 82-65 in the Under 19 Boys Final.

It was a case of fifth time lucky for St Columba's as they had been on the losing side in their four previous Final appearances.

England international Rodney Bryn-Hussey hit a game-high 31 points for St Columba's, with Tom Scott scoring 23 points for High Storrs.

Source: John Atkinson, ESBBA

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