Queechy has given itself the best possible chance of defending its senior division 1 boys state title by taking out the regional high schools basketball championships at the weekend.
After impressing in the roster games, Queechy flew to an early lead against Riverside in the grand final and was never headed, finishing a 69-28 winner.
Earlier, Riverside had qualified for the grand final by point difference after it played out a tense draw with St Patrick’s in its final pool match.
St Patrick’s then just missed out on joining Riverside and Queechy in the state finals by narrowly losing the third place decider to Scotch Oakburn.
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Competition for spots in the senior girls division 1 grand final was equally tight, with points difference again deciding the two finalists.
St Patrick’s needed to beat Grammar by at least seven points in its final pool game to knock Riverside out of contention and did so, winning 31-24.
But Grammar weren’t to be beaten two games in a row, muscling out a 43-29 grand final win to claim Northern supremacy.
Riverside beat Scotch Oakburn in the bronze match to qualify for the state finals.
In the junior divisions, Riverside defeated Grammar 50-35 to clinch the boys title, while the Kings Meadows girls outfit proved too strong for St Patrick’s, taking a 39-30 win.
St Patrick’s had all four of its junior division 2 boys sides make the semi-finals, while Scottsdale and Prospect won senior division 2 boys and girls titles respectively.