Grace helps region reach final

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A young basketball player from Sudbury helped the Eastern Region through to the final of a national event in Sheffield.

Grace Spooner, 11, was part of the team which competed against other regional squads from across the country.

The youngster, who is part of the Bury-based County Upper Basketball Academy, was part of the girls’ team which remained unbeaten throughout the group stages.

They defeated Yorkshire 30-13, West Midlands 42-5 and the South 47-9 before a 48-22 win over London in the semi-finals.

But in the final they suffered an agonising one-point defeat to the South East in a 26-25 reverse.