Sheffield Hatters Under 14s made sure there was some home town glory at the EIS at the weekend, as they claimed victory in the Junior Final Fours National Championships.
The Hatters saw off Manchester Mystics 76-53 in the semi-finals, then defeated previously unbeaten Southend Swifts 74-62 in a hard-fought decider.
It was a superb team display from the Sheffield girls, though the performance of Shauna Harrison stood out as she claimed the MVP prize - 39 points in the semi-final with 38 in the final - and was added to the England under 15s development squad, and in contention for an upcoming tournament in Denmark.
Under 14s coach Rebecca Parker, who was also awarded an England regional coach award for her work with the under 13s age group, paid tribute to the girls’ success.
“This weekend, we have shown what talent we have and that hard work really does pay off,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate all of the girls on the win and being champions of the u14s - and especially to Shauna on her hard work and determination to make the squad.
“Her perseverance and efforts in training mean she has been able to push herself to the limit this year and I wish her the best in the trial.”
There were three Hatters teams taking part in the Final Fours - a terrific acheivement for the club - and although there was only one success story, the club as a whole can be rightly proud of all their teams who took part.
The Under 18 team defeated Hertfordshire Warriors 71-51 in the semi-final of their respective competition but the final proved to be a step too far as the hugely impressive Sevenoaks Suns prevailed 70-40.
In the Under 16s event, Manchester Mystics were again put to the sword by Sheffield (87-72), to move into the final, however their Southend Swifts equivalents came out on top with Eleanor Goodwin (22 points and 11 rebounds) and Grace Brownell (14 points and 17 rebounds) the Hatters’ star turns.