Marshland High School’s Year 8 basketball team represented West Norfolk at the County Championships held at the UEA, Norwich.
The team qualified for this tournament after winning the District Tournament at King’s Lynn Academy in January.
The same team also won the Year 9 competition. The team are now officially the third best team in the county. However they did far better than that suggests after they won four out of the five games and beat the county champions, Central Norwich, who had won this event for the previous five years, in the group stages.
Marshland were placed in a tough group made up of the three strongest teams at the tournament. They beat South Norfolk 23-13 and 26-10.
In the first game against Central Norwich, Marshland started nervously and were complacent on offence, meaning they lost 16-8.
In the second game, they showed character and a performance that matched their ability and won 21-15. This meant that Marshland missed out on the final by just one basket.
In the third/fourth place play-off, the team showed their class and dominated West Norwich from start to finish, winning 33-6.
Every member of the squad played exceptionally well, however ‘Player of the Tournament’ went to Lewis Theobald, who was also named the most valuable player by the organisers and was outstanding, scoring 37 points, including nine free throws. Tom Gourley scored 10 points and Fred Collison scored 22.
The school are extremely proud of the team’s outstanding achievements.
Coach Dom Stannard commented: “I cannot praise them enough.
“I am delighted with this very talented team’s achievements and I am so proud of their performance in Norwich as they have worked so hard to prepare and well deserve their success.”