Springhill hosting Division 3 tournament

Darrell Cole
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SPRINGHILL - Charlie Chambers is hoping lightning strikes twice as his Springhill High Golden Eagles prepare to host the NSSAF Division 3 Girls Basketball Championship.
The last time the Golden Eagles hosted, three years ago, Springhill hoisted the championship banner on their home court. Chambers is hoping history will repeat itself as the Golden Eagles open play as the top seed against the eighth-seeded Digby High Phantoms at 6 p.m. at the SHS gymnasium.
"We're going in as the top seed so we'll have a target on our backs," said Chambers. "We're hoping the girls' chemistry remains intact and we're hoping they play hard, play smart and enjoy themselves."
Chambers knows his players are excited about playing at home, but he's hoping they can control the butterflies when play tips off.
"We'll have our crowd behind us and that will be a huge help," he said. "It will be hard to stay focused at home, but the girls will be trying their best every second and every possession."
Key to any success will be the play of the team's lone seniors Alissa Quinn, who has been with the club for three years, and Sonya MacDonald, who is in the her second season.
Other teams include the second-seeded SAERC from Port Hawkesbury, third-seeded Halifax Grammar, fourth-seeded Shelburne, fifth-seeded Musquodoboit, sixth-seeded Dalbrae and seventh-seeded New Germany.
The championship game is scheduled for Saturday 3 p.m.
Also hosting is the Pugwash District High Panthers, who will be seeking back-to-back Division 4 girls championships.
The Panthers have nine players back from last year's squad that won at Lockeport. The top seed, they open at 6 p.m. tonight against Sacred Heart from Halifax.
Oxford is the second seed and they open at 2 p.m. against Lockeport.
Other participating teams include: Inverness, Cabot High, North Colchester, North Queens and Lockeport.
In Division 2 boys, the Amherst Regional High School Vikings are in Cambridge at Central Kings High opening today at 1:30 p.m. against the host squad.
Other teams include: Breton Education Centre, Bridgewater, Millwood, North East Kings, Eastern Shore and King's Edgehill.
The Springhill boys are at Hants North for the Division 3 boys tournament. They open as the sixth seed against third-seeded Bridgetown at 2 p.m.
Other teams include: Shelburne, Ecole du Carrefour, Dalbrae, St. Mary's Bay Academy, Digby and the host team.
The Division 4 boys tournament is at Caledonia, hosted by North Queens Rural High. Both third-seeded Pugwash and fifth-seeded Oxford will represent Cumberland County at the event with Oxford opening at 4 p.m. against Cape Breton Highlands and Pugwash meeting Cabot High at 6 p.m.
Other teams include: North Colchester, North Queens, Inverness and Sacred Heart.


Organizations: NSSAF Division, Pugwash District High Panthers, Amherst Regional High School Vikings Bay Academy

Geographic location: Lockeport, Oxford, Shelburne Colchester Port Hawkesbury Musquodoboit New Germany Cabot Cambridge North East Hants North Bridgetown Cumberland County

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