OXFORD - The Springhill High School Golden Eagles capitalized on clutch foul shooting down the stretch to edge the host Oxford High Golden Bears 71-69 to capture the ORHS Invitational girls basketball tournament here Saturday.
The Eagles were 11 for 14 from the charity stripe in the final quarter of the six team event - the last tournament ever at the old Oxford Regional High School.
"What an exciting game to close out the Oxford school," SHS co-coach Charlie Chambers said after the event. "Everyone involved were into it. It was a fantastic atmosphere. It had the intensity of a provincials final, which hopefully will help both clubs down the road."
Kirsten Gogan struck for 15 points, while Shauna Ryan and Danika Beaton both had a dozen for SHS, who advanced to the championship with wins over Lockeport Green Wave and Cabot High Trailblazers. Jill
Casey, selected as tourney MVP, managed 11 points, with Leah Crowe seven, Trisha Thompson five and Brittany Barton four closing out the offence.
Madison Swan with a game high 29 points led Oxford, who advanced to the final with wins over South Colchester and North Colchester.
In its Friday opener, Springhill received 20 points from Barton and 16 from Crowe in getting past Lockeport 77-45. Ryan eight, Thompson and Beaton both with seven and Meagan Bowers notched six. Emily Moore and Casey both had four and Gogan had one.
Sara Balish finished with 11 points for the Green Wave, who trailed 31-27 at halftime.
Gogan, selected a tourney all-star, powered inside for a game-high 17 points while Crowe shot 12 and Ryan tickled the twines for 11 to lead SHS to a 68-58 win over Cabot High. Beaton eight, Barton and Casey both with six, and Moore, Taylor MacDonald, Bowers and Thompson rounded out the attack with baskets.
Cassie MacKinnon scored 20 to lead the Trailblazers, ahead 37-32 at the break.