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November 22, 2012
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Nervy wins for Queen's, St Andrew
Raymond Graham, Star Writer


Camperdown centre Shemeika Cephas gets the better of St Hugh's centre Tatanya Blackstock in the battle at centre court, during yesterday's ISSA Junior Netball semi-final at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday. St Hugh's defeated Camperdown 32-25 to advance to next Wednesday's final. - Gladstone Taylor

Defending champions The Queen's School and St Andrew High advance to the semi-finals of the ISSA Corporate Area Senior Schoolgirls competition, following thrilling one-point wins over their opponents at the Leila Robinson Courts yesterday.

St Andrew High stopped St Hugh's 37-36, while Queen's recorded a 30-29 win over St Catherine.

Unbeaten all season, with easy wins over their opponents for the most part, the Jennifer Brown-coached St Andrew were pushed to the limit for the first time, but showed good resilience in the final seconds for the narrow win.

In fact, with three minutes to go in the final quarter, it was St Hugh's who led 35-31. However, like true champions St Andrew High fought back gallantly to take back the lead and hold off their opponents for a close win.

Brown was unmistakably thrilled to be in the final once again.

big impact

"I am happy for the win and it was indeed a close one but I am not surprised because St Hugh's is a great team. We knew they would have come out hard and we were happy that we had a cushion to work with when they took their goal defence Antoinette Stone to play goal attack instead. She made a big impact but we were prepared for that," said Brown, who also made a strategic move by changing Azeza McCarthy from goalkeeper to goal attack.

In the other semi-final, St Catherine High, after a healthy lead throughout, crumbled in the final two minutes of the game.

"After their defeat to St Andrew two weeks ago, we spent some time to work on those mistakes and the girls came out and played good netball all the way, although they were behind for most of the time. The victory today was because of their good team work," said winning coach Marvette Anderson.

It was two wins on the day for Queen's as their junior team remained unbeaten after stopping first time semi-finalist Norman Manley 48-28. In the final they will meet defending champions St Hugh's who carved out a 32-25 win over Camperdown.

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