KOTHAGUDEM: Defending champions Hyderabad and Kurnool women entered the final of the 32nd State senior inter-district basketball championship in contrasting styles at the Prakasam Stadium here on Saturday.
Hyderabad outplayed Karimnagar 46-9, while Kurnool defeated a spirited Guntur 59-54.
Guntur finished the first half with a slender lead. But the second half witnessed a rejuvenated Kurnool team with Savitha and Padmavathi sinking baskets at regular intervals. Lack of proper teamwork proved detrimental to Guntur's fortunes as Poornima (31) failed to shuffle the ball effectively.
Savitha (31) and Padmavathi (19) exhibited fine all-court craft and enabled Kurnool to register a thrilling victory. Sarthia, with two crucial three-pointers, excelled in faking.
Guntur's Sirisha scored three three-pointers much to the delight of the spectators.
Hyderabad, with Indian Railways players in its ranks, made mincemeat of a Karimnagar. Amitha Jaiwal (11) and Jetty (six) were the top scorers for Hyderabad.
The results: Men: Pre-quarterfinals: East Godavari bt Vizag 69-60; Anantapur bt Kurnool 55-26; Nalgonda bt West Godavari 59-43; Karimnagar bt Ranga Reddy 66 - 26.
Women: Semifinals: Hyderabad 46 (Amitha Jaiswal 11, Jetty 6) bt Karimnagar 9 ( Niharika 6); Kurnool 59 (Saritha 31, Padmavathi 19) bt Guntur 54 (Poornima 31, Sirisha 11). Quarterfinals: Hyderabad bt Adilabad 48-10; Karimnagar bt East Godavari 29-26; Guntur bt Vizag 15-2; Kurnool bt Khammam 33 - 23.