Arusha School girls sparkle in Dar basketball

31Aug 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Arusha School girls sparkle in Dar basketball

ARUSHA’s Orkeeswa Secondary School girls’ basketball team put scintillating displays to secure 42-40 win over Coast Region’s Lord Baden Powell Secondary School in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

Both teams showcased composure in the early stages of the opening quarter of the game and Orkeeswa then slowly began taking control to eventually lead 13-2 at the end of the opening quarter.

Lord Baden regrouped in the second quarter and put their opponents under pressure to register 13-8 lead when the quarter came to an end.

The third quarter saw Lord Baden ladies pick up from where they left off, in which they put spirited displays to lead 15-7 and the last quarter turned out to be an end to end affair, with both sides putting skilful displays to eventually see the quarter end in dramatic 21-21 draw.

A standout performance in the game came from Orkeeswa’s Edna Kilusu, who finished with 23 points, whereas Jacklyn Zain of Lord Baden scored 12 points.Kilusu disclosed she was happy to have seen her team emerge victorious in the game she described as extremely tough.

Kilusu conceded Lord Baden is a strong outfit and Orkeeswa’s victory over the Coast Region team came about thanks to the Arusha side’s determination right from the opening stages of the game.Orkeeswa founder, Petar Louis from USA, who attended the game, revealed the school was established in Monduli 11 years ago.

Louis said he had planned to build the school after having discovered that most of the youths in Monduli are not attending school.
He eventually set about building the school in cooperation with sponsors from USA and Monduli elders.

Students studying at Orkeeswa, as disclosed by Louis, are taking part in various sports disciplines including athletics, volleyball, basketball, soccer, netball and rugby.

A Dar es Salaam basketball coach, Bahati Mgunda, who runs the sport’s junior development program dubbed Mambo Basketball, heaped praises on Orkeeswa girls for their stellar display during the match.

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