Stella Nanfuka Credit: Courtesy
  • South Africa 53-42 Uganda
[/media-credit] Goal Keeper, Stella Nanfuka has been impressive at the games. Credit: Courtesy

Uganda She Cranes settled for sixth place at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Uganda fell to South Africa 53-42 on Thursday at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in the classification game.

Coaches Imelda Nyongesa and Rashid Mubiru made several changes to the team that has been playing through the games.

Lillian Ajio was rested with U21 graduate Joan Nampungu playing at Goal Defense, Stella Oyera played at Goal Attack with regular Rachael Nanyonga taking a breather while Betty Kizza played at Wing Defense with Florence Nanyonga rested.

Stella Nafuka (Goal Keeper), Peace Proscovia (Goal Shooter), Halima Nakacwa (Wing Attack) and Ruth Meme (Center) were maintained. However, Nanfuka paved way for Muhayimina Namuwaya in the fourth quarter and Meme gave way for Rachael Nanyonga who was moved to Wing Attack with Nakacwa taking over Meme’s position.

South Africa won the first quarter 13-9 but Uganda clawed back with a 13-11 second quarter to trail by two goals at halftime despite leveling the score at 21 with a minute to play.

The She Cranes kept the all Africa affair tight through the third quarter but collapsed in the final period.

Proscovia had a perfect 19-for-19 shooting while Oyera scored 22 off 25 attempts and Nanyonga score one.

Ine-Mari Venter scored 42 goals for South Africa backed by Maryka Holtzhausen who scored 11.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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