25 January 2013

KENYA : Kenya ladies a step away from AFCON qualification

Picture courtesy of FIBA
Picture courtesy of FIBA

Updated on 24/01/13 | By BRIAN AYIEKO

The Kenya national ladies basketball team is a step away from qualifying for the African Cup of Nations after they beat Egypt 70 – 64 on Thursday evening in the Zone 5 qualifiers to maintain a 100 percent record so far.
Kenya’s next match which is the last in the round robin competition will be against Uganda on Friday and a win will ensure the Kenyan girls qualify for the Cup of Nations as the best of Zone 5.The Cup of Nations will be hosted by Democratic Republic of Congo in August.
The matches were played in a round robin format and Kenya has been in impeccable form dismissing Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Egypt in previous matches.
Against Egypt on Thursday, team leaders Silalei Shani (Captain) and Hilda Indasi (Vice Captain) led Kenya to victory after they each scored 19 points the highest in the match by an individual. Kenya took the 1st quarter 18- 14 in what was seen to be their hardest match since the tournament kicked off on Monday in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
The 2nd quarter saw Kenya pile more pressure to the North African side and it bore fruit and they romped their opponents the scores being 17- 4 to put the half time scores at 35-18 with Kenya having a comfortable lead.
In the 3rd quarter Egypt stepped up their game but they were no match for Ronnie Owino’s side and Kenya once more were a top with a 2 point difference winning 15 -13.
The last quarter saw Kenya slump to 20 -33 defeat but the damage they had caused in the first 3 quarters was enough to ensure that they take the day. Reem Osama was Egypt’s top scorer with 17 points followed by Hagar Hesham.

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