This years 2017 National championships saw many AHS girls represent the South Region in the U13, U15 and U17 age groups. Each year these championships provide an opportunity for the National squad selectors to see the best players in the country demonstrate their ability. All the AHS girls were outstanding in performance but four shone this year and were chosen by the selectors for their age group National squads.
In the U17 competition Ciara Belsham was selected for the U18 National Squad. Ciara played for England last year in the U16 age group and continues to move from strength to strength. Coach Jenner remarked “Ciara dominates in offence and defence. She was our top points scorer and superb in defence in both our English Schools and National League teams last year. More importantly Ciara is dedicated, a great team player and respected by all her teammates”.
In the U15 competition three AHS girls were selected for the U16 National Squad.
Grace Ashton, Ella Ross and Onyi Okoye.
“All these girls have played together over the last three years and complement each other in what they bring to the team. At 6ft Grace is our tallest player and top scorer last season at both U14 school and club” says Coach Jenner, “Grace dominates the offensive boards and is superb going to the basket. Ella is really strong in defence, regularly checking opponents and is also clinical in her finishing around the basket. Onyi is a year younger and still playing U14 basketball, however, she was our most powerful player on court last season and this year has stepped up offensively. When Onyi goes to the basket no-one can stop her. All three girls have an exciting basketballing future ahead of them”.
Other AHS girls who represented the South region in this years National finals were
U13 – Maiwa Banda, Macy Cook
U15 – Isobel Mathews
U17 – Mollie Baars, Natalia Osborne, Morgan Davis, Ella Messetter, Kiylo Solagbade
Congratulations to all these girls, they have worked hard to get to this level