Southern Rly retain women's crown

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Mumbai, Oct 21 (UNI) Southern Railway, Chennai fashioned a comfortable 73-53 victory over South East Central Railway, Bilaspur to retain the Kapila Khandwala Women's title, in the 24th United Phosphorous Ltd All-India Ramu Memorial Basketball Tournament at the Indian Gymkhana, here today.

Southern Railway, who led 39-26 at half-time in a championship round that remained exciting upto the second quarter, endured an early challenge as the Bilaspur girls kept pace with the defending champions.

But Southern's fast pace and richer experience turned the match in their favour in the crucial third quarter and they never looked back after taking a substantial 65-38 lead.

It looked comfortable all the way from this juncture for Southern, even as South East Central attempted a more attacking game in the fourth quarter in which they dominated and were rewarded with regular baskets.

Once again, Southern Railway's India star Geethu Anna Jose top-scored with 27 points, while P Anitha contributed 18 including two three-pointers and M Adhirai scored 13 with one three-pointer.

M Pushpa top-scored for South East Central with 11 points, while Anju Lakra scored 10 including three three-pointers and Seema Singh added 10 including two three-pointers.

Results (Women's Final): Southern Rly 73 (Geethu Anna Jose 27, P.

Anitha 18, M Adhirai 13) bt South East Central Rly, Bilaspur 53 (M Pushpa 11, Anju Lakra 10, Seema Singh 10). HT: 39-26.

UNI

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