A 26-rebound outing to go with 17 points from Leia Edwards saw Newham Youngbloods get a 65-55 win over Richmond Knights to claim the 2020 Under-16 Girls National Cup.
Edwards led a dominant performance on the glass for Newham, as they won the battle of the boards 65-40 and had answers for every Richmond rally down the stretch.
“I was confident with my girls and I told them this is your game, this is your time,” Youngbloods Head Coach Caroline Charles said.
“We’ve made it to the final four but a Youngbloods team has never made it to a Cup final we’ve always been beaten by Haringey or Sevenoaks but this year everything fell into place.
“I’m happy, we’ve won a cup, we’re champions. My girls are always champions, but now it’s in black and white, it’s official!”
Edwards’ MVP performance was supported by Ines Goryanova, who had 15 points and 9 assists, and Fatama Jemmah who had 11 points and 8 rebounds.
“At the beginning we were slow,” Edwards said. “I think because we were getting used to how the game was; we haven’t played with a big crowd like that for a while, but jus trying to find what we can do, then second half we came out and smashed it.”
Richmond captain Emily O’Connell top scored for the Knights with 21 points.
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