The Westfield Health City of Sheffield Hatters under 14s squad can now call themselves the number one team in England.
The Hatters came out on top of the England Basketball weekend after defeating the Manchester Mystics 76-53 in the semi-finals, and beating the Southend Swifts in the finals 74-62.
The Hatters were carried with a brilliant performance by fourteen-year-old Shauna Harrison who recorded a total of 77 points for both games. Harrison was a dominant and a standout player amongst the rest and was awarded MVP for her performance.
Earlier this season, Harrison had discovered that she did not make it past the final cuts for the Great Britain team.
Hatters’ coaches and administrators were in an uproar about this young player not making the team. Rebecca Parker, under fourteen coach said, “ It was a shock that she got knocked back by England, because she dominated at regionals, but after she found out it was no longer about GB, it was about her improvement as a player.”
“I can’t tell you my player is great, you have to see that she is great,” said Parker.
Mark Jarram, coach of the Great Britain under 15s development team saw that greatness over the weekend.
After winning the title Coach Jarram personally told Harrison that he made a mistake before and that he wanted her on his team.
“At first I didn’t believe that it was happening, my dad had to slap me,” Harrison said jokingly, “This is an amazing day.”
A well deserved ending, for a brilliant young player, with a bright future.