NEW GERMANY - The Northeast Kings Education Center Titans defeated the Springhill High School Golden Eagles 63-54 to claim the 2nd annual Julie DeBaie Memorial Basketball Tournament here on the weekend.
The Eagles' second place finish came a week after they earned victories over Oxford High Golden Bears and the Amherst Regional High School Vikettes to cop the ARHS Xmas Tournament.
"We've had some fortunate results but still have a lot to work on. The girls are working hard and these results have been due to everyone contributing as a team," Springhill High co-coach Charlie Chambers said after the New Germany tourney. "If someone's not scoring, then they're playing defense to help us.
"Against NKEC we got to within five points with less than three minutes to go but we didn't make real good decisions with our half court sets on three straight possessions."
The lead jumped from five to 10 quickly in their favour. We'd like to play them again."
In the New Germany title match, NKEC utilized their superior height and took advantage of some SHS mental miscues down the stretch to earn the victory. The Titans, with five players over six feet tall, were led by Erin MacKenzie's 19 points.
Brittany Barton scored 15, Leah Crowe 12 and Shauna Ryan managed 10 to lead Springhill, who trailed 38-25 at the half. Danika Beaton had six, while Meaghan Moore five and Patricia Thompson, Jill Casey and Kirsten Gogan managed a hoop each.
Springhill earned its way to the final with a 77-52 win over Shelburne High Rebels and 65-31 victory over Lockeport High Green Wave.
"It was a big win for us against Shelburne, who are also in our Division 3," Chambers said. "The first half against them was something you could put on videotape. Everything went right for us. Imagine 24-2 at the end of the first quarter. Wow. We hope the girls realize that continued hard work and taking care of themselves are vital to our program's success."
The Golden Eagles raced out to a 24-2 first quarter lead en route to its win over Shelburne in an important battle of Division 3 programs.
Barton bucketed 16, Crowe 12 and Thompson 10 led the SHS attack, with Ryan managing nine. Beaton eight, Meaghan Moore and Casey both with seven, Gogan six and Meagen Bowers and Emily Moore with a basket each rounded out the offence.
Paula Christie's game high 22 points led Shelburne, behind 45-17 at halftime.
Barton, selected as a tourney all-star, had a game-high 18 marks to help Springhill against Lockeport. Beaton had nine, with Ryan and Thompson adding eight apiece. Meaghan Moore employed five, with Gogan, Casey and Emily Moore adding fours. Bowers had three and Crowe two for SHS, ahead 29-17 at the half.
Emily Stevens paced the Green Wave with 15 points.
In the ARHS Xmas Tournament, Springhill downed Oxford 43-38 in the championship game. Barton led the way with 14 points, followed by Ryan, Gogan and Meaghan Moore with six apiece. Emily Moore had four and Casey, Taylor MacDonald and Beaton had solo hoops.
Emily Davis had a game-high 17 points for Oxford.
Springhill earned its path to the final with a 55-54 win over Amherst.