PESHAWAR: Peshawar lifted the title for the second consecutive year after defeating Mardan 57-53 in a thrilling battle of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Region Women Basketball Championship played at Girls College Nowshera on Saturday.
Principal of the College Mrs. Sadaqat Kausar was the chief guest on this occasion and before the start of the final the players of Peshawar and Mardan were introduced to her. Professor Najma Khan, Vice Principal of the Girls College Nowshera, Director Women Games Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rashida Ghaznavi, Organizing Secretary Miss Farhad Sami, officials, players and college students.
The final was started on fast tempo and both Peshawar and Nowshera girls produced some excellent short-passes and perfect baskets. For Peshawar Shaista Khan, Haseena Akbar, Maria, Aysha, Uroosa played outstanding game with Shaista was the leading contributor who scored 17 individual points including a three pointer. Haseena Akbar, Maria, Aysha and Uroosa also added some stunning points to the team total.
Besides scoring perfect baskets, Shaista Khan also played a key role in her team success with her flair distribution of ball. She played with her attackers besides keeping a vigilant eye on the rival strikers.
For Mardan Haseena, Maruym, Nadia, Fakhra and Shahzadi played well with Haseen was the pick of the pack who contributed 10 individual points with her excellent baskets. Fakra with nine individual points and Maryum with 8 individual points were the other major point takers.
In the third position match Swat stunned Kohat by 49-46. For Swat Pari Gul, Rehana, Nadia Haider, Sadia Haider Ayshal were the main contributors. Rehana was the leading contributor for Swat who scored 14 points with two three pointers.
For Kohat Urooj, Amara, Ambareen, Nazia were the leading point’s contributors. Urooj also scored 12 individual points while Amara and Aysha scored four points each. Thus after defeating Kohat Swat got third position.
At the end, the chief guest Mrs. Sadaqat Kausar, Principal of Girls College Nowshera, gave away trophies, certificates and cash prizes. The winners awarded trophy and Rs. 20,000/-, runners-up got trophy and Rs. 15000/- cash prize while the third position pursed Rs. 10,000/- cash prize.
Teams from Dera Ismai Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Swat, Hazara, Mardan and Peshawar took part in the Championship played under the aegis of Directorate of Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.