AMHERST – The Oxford Golden Bears, unseated two-time defending Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 4 girls basketball champion Pugwash Panthers on Saturday with a 47-45 victory in the championship game in Neil’s Harbour, Victoria Co.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game against Pugwash, we’d played them a few times throughout the season,” Golden Bears co-coach Kendall Black said.
“It was a defensive battle in the first half of the game and both teams had key players in foul trouble which resulted in affecting the flow of the game that first half,.”
“It was nice to win, this is the first time in 10 years that Oxford girls ended the season as provincial champions. It was especially nice to see because three of our girls (Erin Dorn, Casey Perrin and Karen Brookins) graduate this year. All three girls had a strong weekend to close their careers.”
Oxford defeated North Queens and Baddeck en route to the title game.
At Digby, the Springhill High Golden Eagles were defeated 66-60 by the Shelburne High Rebels in the Division 3 girls championship game Saturday.
Brittany Barton led Springhill with 20 points, while Shauna Ryan struck for 15. Jill Casey and Leah Crowe added eight points apiece, Meaghan Moore seven, and Danika Beaton and Kirsten Gogan finished with one point apiece.
Shelburne’s Katie Locke went off for 28 points to ignite the Rebels, behind 34-32 at the half.
“Shelburne deserved the win today,” SHS co-coach Charlie Chambers said.
“They were the better team. We battled but never seemed to get all cylinders going in our usual way.”
The defending champion Golden Eagles earned their berth in the final with victories over the Cape Breton Highlands Huskies and Digby Mariners.
Ryan poured in 20 points to spark the Eagles in a 45-33 semifinal triumph over Cape Breton Highlands. Moore and Gogan had five points apiece, while Crowe and Barton had four apiece. Taylor MacDonald had three, and Beaton and Casey one.
The Golden Eagles received 22 points from Meagan Moore and 18 from Gogan in an 84-38 trouncing of Digby.
Ryan hooped 12 and Barton 10 for the winners, who got six from Beaton and four points each from Trisha Thompson, Crowe and Emily Moore. MacDonald and Casey finished with two points apiece.
“We’re very proud of our girls and it was another successful season, but it’s always nice to win that last game of the year,” Chambers added.
“We're going to really miss our three seniors (Emily Moore, Shauna Ryan and Brittany Barton). They’ve done a lot to help keep the program successful and solid. They’ve got a bronze, silver and gold medal to their credit.”