Third place finish at county championships for exciting Marshland High School basketball Year 8 side

Marshland High School Year 8 basketball team.

Marshland High School Year 8 basketball team. - Credit: Archant

Marshland High School Year 8 Basketball Team excelled at the County Championships held at the UEA, finishing third.

The team qualified for this tournament after winning the district tournament at King’s Lynn Academy in January. The same team also won the Year 9 competition.

They won four out of the five games and beat the county champions, Central Norwich, in the group stages, who had won this event for the previous five years.

Marshland were placed in a tough group made up of the three strongest teams at the tournament.

They beat South Norfolk 23-13 and 26-10. In the first game against Central Norwich, Marshland lost 16-8. In the second game, they showed character and a performance that matched their ability and won 21-15.

This meant that Marshland missed out on the final by just one basket.

In the third/fourth place playoff, the team showed their class and dominated West Norwich from start to finish winning 33-6.

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Every member of the squad played exceptionally well, however player of the tournament went to Lewis Theobald, who was also named the most valuable player by the organisers. He scored 37 points, including nine free throws.

Coach Dom Stannard said: “I cannot praise this team enough, I am delighted with this very talented teams achievements and I am so proud of their performance in Norwich as should they be, they have worked so hard to prepare and well deserve their success.”