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Banchory basketball girls.

Banchory basketball girls.

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The Ravens reached the Grampian U18 Girls Final again this year and hoped to topple the Beacon girls who play in the National League.

The Banchory girls have done well in National competition too, reaching the semi-final of the Scottish Cup after an impressive win against Stirling High School, but losing out to a very good Culloden team in the semi.

After losing narrowly to Beacon in the final last year they hoped to go one better this time.

And they got off to a great start, playing some lovely basketball – and some excellent baskets from Rachel Henderson and Meggie Croal gave them a narrow lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was very evenly matched, with Zoe Grant and Lucy Grimble scoring their first points of the game and Hannah Gordon putting in some good work on defence.

The Ravens then had a slump in the early part of the third quarter, and they dropped eight points behind Beacon.

However, thanks to some excellent play by the outstanding Georgia Wisely at point guard, and the tenacity and skill from Shannon Holt, they drew back level going in to the fourth.

Jenny Lusby ran the length of the court to score on the fast break and Evie Clephan scored from close in as the game was on a knife edge.

Rachel Henderson was the top scorer and played the whole game, but was unfortunate on a few occasions when her shots just wouldn’t drop.

With the girls now down by three points, time finally ran out on them and their coach, Mike Reilly, had a job on his hands to raise their spirits after coming so close – it didn’t take long.

Better luck next year.