Richard Huish College Women’s Basketball team have qualified for the AoC Sport National Finals after a fantastic semi-final victory against New City College from Hackney. This follows a long run of wins, with previous victories against Bridgwater and Taunton College, Peter Symmonds College and Leyton Sixth Form College, all leading them to the game against New City.
Playing at home, the Women’s team were joined by a big crowd full of Richard Huish students and staff. The opposition took an early lead, but efforts from Shona Amadi and Megan Palmer saw the score stand as 6-11 to New City after the 1st quarter.
In the 2nd quarter an early score from the Hackney based team saw the score extend to 7, however a 3 pointer from Megan Palmer and 2 from Erin Fisher saw the scores tie 13-13 before the opposition started to take control, gaining 12 points to take the half time lead; Richard Huish 19-25 Hackney.
The 3rd quarter began at an even quicker pace as New City extended their lead to 10, however once again Huish came back fighting with Erin Fisher and Megan Palmer’s scores pulling Huish back into contention to book their place in the final, leaving the score 38-28 to Hackney.
Huish faced an uphill battle in the final quarter to overcome the 10 point difference and were cheered on by the strong Huish following. The women rallied together and a 3 pointer from Amelia Hucker gave Huish the lead for the first time 39-38. As the game moved into the final moments the game became tense, however Huish captain Alex Vickery scored a two pointer to make the final score 44-41 to Huish, taking them to the final.
The women will now face Xaverian Sixth Form College in the final on the 8th May. The game will take place at the University of Wolverhampton, where both the Richard Huish Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will compete to become the National Champions.
Sports Development Manager Connor Sidley-Adams commented: “The basketball students here at the College continue to push expectations and continuously go above and beyond to achieve their results. The programme here at the College continues to grow and the fantastic work of the College staff and Huish Tigers coaches paves the way for students to succeed and prove that the programme is up there with the best in the Country.”