Girls High, Churchill are Top Schools Basketball Champs

HARARE - Harare's Girls High School made it an unprecedented 12th Nash Under-20 Top Schools Basketball title after outclassing the country’s top basketball teams in Bulawayo over the weekend.

The Harare schoolgirl basketball giants came into the tournament as defending champions having won the last two editions and lived up to expectations beating Goromonzi 42-28 in the final.

Ably led by point guard Nyasha Katsate, Girls High emerged from the group stages unscathed before finding their toughest obstacle in Mashonaland West’s flag bearers Cornway College.

The quarter-final affair went down to the wire with Girls High staging a dramatic 33-32 win.

The Harare school went on to shrug off the challenge of Bulawayo’s Nkulumane High School 51-44 in the semi-finals before dismantling Mashonaland East representatives Goromonzi in the final.

With the championship, Girls High took their tally of top schools basketball trophies to 12 since 1999.

From 2000, they won it an extraordinary eight straight times before reclaiming it in 2009, 2012 and 2013.

Meanwhile, Churchill Boys High emerged winners in the boy’s category.

The Eastlea-based school was high in confidence after winning the Prince Edward High Invitational Basketball Tournament a fortnight ago.

In that competition, Churchill beat Prince Edward School in a tightly contested final and the two Harare giants met again over the weekend in another epic closely fought final.

The result was, however, the same with Churchill claiming the crown a 47-42 victory to add to their 2004 to 2007 titles.

On their way to the final Churchill beat Masvingo province representatives Serima 39-22 in the quarter-finals before beating Bulawayo’s Milton High School 35-21 in the semi-finals.

With shooting guard Taurai Kazembe standing head and shoulders above the rest Churchill would go on to dislodge the three-time defending champions in the final.

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