Itchen Women’s Basketball Team Earn Two National Titles

Academy of Sport

Itchen College women’s basketball team have two reasons to celebrate as they won two national tournaments in the space of a fortnight.

At the annual AoC National Championships held at Nottingham University at the end of April, Itchen topped their group thanks to wins over Tameside College and Richard Huish College. A narrow one point defeat to Birmingham Metropolitan College could not prevent them from qualifying for the final.

In the final, they took on the winners of the other group, Leicester-based side Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. Itchen took a comfortable 18-11 victory to be crowned as winners of the National Championships for the second year in a row.

Then in the AoC Women’s Knockout Cup on 2nd May, Itchen were again victorious as they defeated Holy Cross College from Bury 80-68.

Alisha Buckingham was Itchen’s standout performer as she netted 20 points and Heather Johnstone also impressed as she scored 17 points.

The triumph was the culmination of a long cup run which began with a 88-28 thrashing of local rivals Barton Peveril all the way back in October last year.

The second round saw Itchen win by even more, defeating St Charles College by a remarkable score line of 111-20.

They then defeated Richard Huish and Leyton Sixth Form in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively to book their place in the final in Nottingham.

The victory saw the girls named as national champions once again.