Close win puts Mt Alvernia on top in western schools' basketball
It's two wins in two from Mount Alvernia High School, the defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Western Conference girls basketball champions, after fighting off a strong rally in the fourth quarter to defeat rivals Spot Valley High 36-33 in round two at Montego Bay Cricket Club.
The game was dominated by powerful small forward Shaneray Wilkins, who poured in 22 points in another game-high performance to lead her school to a close, but exciting victory.
Mount Alvernia lead the four-team standings with maximum four points courtesy of the wins, while Muschett High moved into second place after scoring a big 24 point-win - 40-16 - over Holland High), with last year's beaten finalists Spot Valley fourth.
Muschett's Shanell Smalling had a huge game, putting up 22 points, seven rebounds and a steal, while Rockel Mason added 10 points, three rebounds and three steals and a blocked shot late on to help steer her team to the lopsided victory.
Holland were led in the scoring department by Davia Bender, who had seven points, 13 rebounds, one block and one steal. Sydney James chipped in with four points and six rebounds, but those numbers were too little to trouble Muschett.
Wilkins appears to be the pivotal player for the Errol Thompson-coached team. She led from tip-off, as Mt Alvernia took hold of the match at the end of the first quarter, leading 10-6. They held a 24-14 lead at the half, before holding on for the victory.
All four teams return to the court on Wednesday at Muschett High, starting at 2 p.m. with a game between Holland and Spot Valley, then at 3:30 p.m., Mt Alvernia will face home team Muschett.
- Paul Clarke