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She Pearls Top Pool C Despite Defeat to Jamaica

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She Pearls advanced despite defeat

A loss in the final game did not stop Uganda from topping pool C. The She Pearls lost 44-39 to Jamaica on Wednesday at the ongoing World Netball Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana.

After an impressive display in the opening four games, going unbeaten, Uganda had already sealed her place in the quarterfinals.

On the other hand, Jamaica who had lost to hosts Botswana on Tuesday needed a must win.

And the Caribbean side treated the game with the desired intensity taking the lead throughout the game.

At the end of the opening quarter, Jamaica led 14-08 and the lead grew further in the second quarter.

The score read 29-17 heading into halftime. The Jamaican sustained their gap through the third quarter despite a resuscitated performance by She Pearls.

In the end, Jamaica eventually held on to win the game 44-39 a result that meant hosts Botswana were eliminated. All the three teams ended the campaign on 6 points.

In the quarterfinal, Uganda was placed in another group of 4 teams where the top two will advance to the semifinals.

The group has Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand.

The other pool has Jamaica, Australia, Scotland and England.

New Zealand are the defending champions. They won the title in 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland

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