The Anderson High School netball team comfortably beat the Paisley-based St Andrew’s Academy 48-20 yesterday afternoon and are through to the last eight of the Open Scottish Schools Cup.
After their home victory the AHS team now travel to the Borders to take on Peebles High School in the quarter-finals.
AHS 48, St Andrews 20
The game set off at a fast pace as both teams settled into the game. The Anderson girls settled quickly with accurate passing into shooters Zoey Symington and Louise Jamieson netting the first five goals.
St Andrews settled soon after with strong defensive work as the ball was played from end to end. Iona Holmes and Megan Keppie worked hard to mark the shooters who were shooting superbly from anywhere in the circle.
AHS continued to fight with well-linked passing through Ann-Marie Kennerley, Claire Morris and Jenny Anderson in the mid-court leaving the score after the first quarter at a close 11-7 to the Anderson girls.
The second quarter set off with some changes to both teams. With end-to-end play the game appeared to be getting closer before the Anderson girls lifted their game up a gear, making St Andrews work for every pass.
Ann-Marie moved to wing attack, linking well with Claire to pass into Zoey and Louise who continued to net the goals and win any rebounds that rarely occurred. Changes were made in the AHS defence to put more pressure on the St Andrews shooters who were rarely missing any shots.
Kim Johnson came on at goalkeeper with Megan moving to goal defence and Iona moving to wing defence. All worked hard together to stop the ball getting into the shooters but the St Andrews attackers did not make it easy for them. The AHS came out strongest in this quarter, increasing the lead to 25-11.
AHS picked up the pace in the third quarter, continuing to fight for every ball. Strong defensive play up the court prevented the St Andrews girls from getting many chances to shoot but they continued to work hard, never making it easy for the Anderson girls.
Kim, Megan and Iona continued to work tirelessly in the circle, only allowing St. Andrews to net one shot. St Andrews continued to work hard up the court but Claire and Ann-Marie continued to be a strong duo, playing the ball into the shooters accurately. Zoey and Louise continued to perform strongly, bringing the score to 40-12.
St Andrews came out fighting in the last quarter and both teams netted eight goals each. More changes were made to the AHS team with Liza Fullerton and Megan Petursdottir coming on to shoot, Karis Irvine coming on at wing attack and Rozanne Georgeson coming on at goalkeeper.
The St Andrews shooters started working hard getting some accurate passes from their wing attack and centre, making Megan and Rozanne have to work hard to get the ball. Effective mid-court play from Ann-Marie, Claire and Karis saw them playing well to get the ball into the shooters as the St Andrews defence were giving their all, not making it easy at all.
Both teams continued to fight hard but the AHS girls proved to be the stronger team, winning 48-20.