BASKETBALL: They’re cock-a-hoop

This Is Wiltshire: The St John’s basketball team, who were runners up in the national U16 championships in London The St John’s basketball team, who were runners up in the national U16 championships in London

GIRLS from St John’s Academy in Marlborough are celebrating after clinching the runners-up spot at the U16 England Basketball National Schools Championships.

The 11-strong group of Year 8 to Year 11 girls, coached by John Pearson, had battled through to the final four at the University of East London from a field of around 40 teams.

The team – captain Sally Hine, Ruth Bentley, Téa Clarke, Abby Ghent, Isla Gibbins, vice captain Crizza Grecia, Katie McQue, Lola Monro, Emily Palmer, Mollie Vines and Tyler Watson – saw off the challenge of Barking to book a final against Greensward, of Southend, who edged out the Wiltshire girls to claim the overall title.

Captain Hine said “I’m very proud of my team and it was a brilliant way to end my time at St John’s.’’

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