School’s basketball aces enjoy a season of success

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ANthony Gell School in Wirksworth is celebrating another season of basketball success.

The school entered teams into all categories of the Derbyshire Schools County Cup and progressed through to five semi finals and two finals. The finals are still to be played.

In the boys’ competition, all year groups were represented. The Year Ten and 11 teams played some very strong teams and lost in the quarter-final stages of the competition.

The Year Seven, Eight and Nine teams went a step further before losing in the semi finals to; QUEGS (24-28), West Park (36-40) and St Benedict’s (104 -12) respectively. The Year Seven and Eight matches were great contests and either team could have won the games right up to the final whistle.

The Year Nine contest was rather more one-sided – St Benedict’s are representing Derbyshire in the National Schools Competition and currently have four players who play in the National League for the Derby Trailblazers.

The girls competition is run slightly differently from the boys as they have two age group competitions. They are at under 14 (Years Seven, Eight and Nine) and under 16s (Years Ten and 11) levels. Both teams have currently progressed to the final of their respective competitions and are waiting to find out when the finals will be. The opposition in both matches will be St John Houghton Catholic School from West Hallam.

In addition, the Year Ten boys, the under 14 and 16 girls also entered the National Schools competitions and made their ways successfully through the regional rounds.

The Year Ten boys and under 16 girls both came runner-up in the East Midlands region while the under 14 girls progressed as Derbyshire winners.

The Year Ten boys lost in the first round to Pool Hayes Arts and Communication College of Willenhall 52-34, the under 14 girls lost in the first round to Becket School of Nottingham 56-24 and the under 16 girls lost in the first round to Northampton School for Girls 68-52.