THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Thiruvananathapuram once again reigned supreme in women’s basketball in Kerala as they plain-sailed to their third consecutive title at the 60th Kerala State Senior Basketball Championship defeating Palakkad 57-44 in the final held at the Government VHSS, Kanhangad. However, the district’s demand for a dedicated sports hostel for women hoopsters is still a distant reality.
The Thiruvananthapuram eves have won the state championship 12 times in its 60-year history, of which 11 titles have come since the 2000-01 season, where they won the title at the FACT Basketball Courts in Aluva. Since 2009-10, they have won all the state championships, with the exception of 2012-13 edition at Manjeri, where they had to settle for the runners-up title.
Seven out of 12 members of the Thiruvananthapuram squad were players of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), including three Indian internationals - Jeena P S, Stephy Nixon and Anjanna P G - who, according to victorious team’s coach,
Antony Stephen, “proved to be the difference between the champion team and oppositions in the tournament”
district women’s basketball team
Jeena P S, Anjanna PG, Stephy Nixon, Rosmy Mahesh, Shilji George, Premi P Lal, Amritha EK (all from Kerala State Electricity Board), Anjanya Anil, Bismi Harish (Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram), Kavya P Hari, Bitty K Baby (Carmel Girls’ HSS, Thycaud), Mahima Shibu (St Goretti’s HSS, Nalannchira)