A match-winning performance from Tvisha Gala helped Goregaon's Vibgyor High School (ICSE) beat St Joseph’s Convent High School (Bandra) 26-7 and book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) girls’ U-16 inter-school basketball tournament at Azad Maidan on Friday.
13-year-old Tvisha, who will represent Maharashtra in the upcoming Nationals, was the highest scorer in the match with 10 points, while teammates Vedanti Rathod and Aashna Nandu scored five points each.
Aakansha Jain, Vedika Sud and Parnika Shrivan also chipped in with two points apiece for the Goregaon school. For St Joseph’s, Rachel D’Souza scored four points while Lisa Joseph scored three points.
"I got hooked on to the sport as a nine-year-old. We used to play the sport in our building. This is the first time I’m playing with 16-year-old kids. I didn’t feel scared as I regularly practice with my teammates in school," the Goregaon resident said.
Vibgyor were leading 4-2 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Goregaon school failed to score any points while the Bandra school scored one point from a free throw to end 4-3.
The Goregaon outfit came back strongly in the third quarter and took a nine-point lead while St Joseph’s could not tally a single point.
In the fourth quarter, Vibgyor continued their great form and scored 10 points while St Joseph’s managed to add just four points to their score.