The Springhill High School Golden Eagles defeated Digby High School Mariners 70-59 to capture third place at the 9th annual New Germany Rural High School Saints Invitational here Saturday.
NEW GERMANY: The Springhill High School Golden Eagles defeated Digby High School Mariners 70-59 to capture third place at the 9th annual New Germany Rural High School Saints Invitational here Saturday.
The Golden Eagles posted an opening 56-39 win over the Bridgewater High School before losing 64-48 to eventual runner-up Shelburne High School Rebels.
Brittany Barton poured in 34 points, 20 in the fourth quarter, to help SHS past the Mariners. Meaghan Moore struck for 10, while Shauna Ryan, Kathryn MacDonald and Lacey Rushton each had six markers. Tiffany Hunter with four and Courtney Sauveur and Emily Moore, both with two, rounded out the offence.
Joanne Robinson had 18 to lift Digby, provincial runner-up the past two seasons. The Mariners trailed 34-29 at the break.
Leslie Keeler's game-high 20 points led Shelburne to its win over Springhill.
Barton paced the Golden Eagles with 11 points, followed by MacDonald with 10 and Meaghan Moore had nine. Ryan managed seven, Tiffany Hunter had six and Rushton and Emily Moore had a basket each.
The Rebels, who fell 54-44 to the host New Germany in the championship, outscored SHS 30-12 in the second half.
Friday's opener saw Meaghan Moore notch 14 points, followed by Barton with 13 against Bridgewater. MacDonald and Sauveur both had eight, with Rushton contributing seven. Emily Moore, Ryan and Sonya MacDonald each had a hoop for the Golden Eagles, ahead 26-17 at the half.
Nicole Brinson paced Bridgewater with 10 points.
The Golden Eagles next see action when they travel to Middleton this coming weekend.
"This was a great tourney to kick off the new year. Many times it serves as a fore-runner for the provincials in our division," Springhill co-coach Charlie Chambers, commenting on the weekend tourney, said. "If we continue to work hard and focus greatly, then we're right in the hunt again. We played hard and well in the wins, but Shelburne had more energy against us and wanted it more. We expect improvement from our squad through hard work and playing smart."