Park are crowned Lancashire champions

Park Highs Under 14 basketball team (s).
Park Highs Under 14 basketball team (s).

Park High School’s Under 14 Girls’ Basketball team were recently crowned Lancashire Cup champions, almost a year after they finished runners-up in the same competition.

This was the result of a campaign that saw them score over 200 points and remain unbeaten throughout the season, also adding the Pendle championship crown to the trophy cabinet.

The group stage of the Lancashire cup competition pitted the girls against St Wilfrid’s B, Darwen Vale, Bacup and local rivals Fisher-More.

During the group stage, every member of the 12-girl squad scored baskets as they proceeded to score 234 points in four games.

Molly Rebanks and Ella Atkins were the main points scorers, while Elicia McBeth was flawless in defence, totally dominating the backboard.

Alex Baker and Millie Parker were the creative sparks that linked defence into attack.

The remaining squad members were also integral to the team’s success when called upon, with superb performances from Abi Riley, Molly Hesketh, Lauren McLeister, Jess Proctor, Amelia Brown, Holly Driver and Daisy Ashworth.

Park beat St Wilfrid’s 62-10, Fisher-More 38-34, Darwen Vale 68-22, and Bacup 66-22.

In the semi-final, the girls were drawn against last year’s champions St Wilfrid’s A.

Revenge was sweet as the girls recorded a dominant 20-10 victory, taking them through to the final against Clitheroe.

The final was a classic, fast paced, end to end basketball game that went right to the wire, with Park defending superbly in the final few minutes to record a 12-10 win.

The officials also gave Millie Parker from Park the Most Valuable Player award for her dominant displays in both the semi-final and final.

Due to this success, the girls were entered into Basketball England’s Dynamik National Schools’ Championship, where they played a very strong Fulford High from York in a regional round two fixture.

Probably their best performance of the season so far resulted in a 51-45 victory and earned a last 16 trip to St Aidans from Harrogate, to come later this month.

Should the girls come through that tie, they will be a step closer to an appearance at the grand final in May, where the final teams battle it out to be crowned the Dynamik National Schools champions.

Mr Schofield, PE Teacher, said: “The girls deserve all the success this year.

“They have worked hard and spent hours and hours practising over the last two years.

“Their technical ability, energy, work rate and team spirit is there for all to see, and their performance in the English schools was one of the best I have seen at this level.”

Special thanks go to kit sponsor PH Electrical and all the parents that have supported the squad throughout the year.