SHS Golden Eagles capture Caledonia Invitational

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.B. - The Springhill High School Golden Eagles senior girls garnered three victories to capture the 6th annual Caledonia Regional High School Tigers Invitational basketball tournament here on the weekend.

The Golden Eagles earned 84-74 overtime win over the Harrison Trimble High JV on Friday, before defeating Hartland High Huskies 69-48 and the host Caledonia High Tigers 62-46 on Saturday.

In its opener, the Eagles soared back from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 16-2 third quarter run that got them back into the game.

Kirsten Gogan struck for 19 points, Jill Casey shot 15, Shauna Ryan 13 and Brittany Barton and Leah Crowe both had 11 for SHS. Danika Beaton and Taylor MacDonald both managed six and Trisha Thompson four.

Katie Gillis erupted for a 32-point explosion to lead Trimble, who had a chance to win in regulation. The Moncton school's post player saw her lay up attempt go in and then out as time expired with the score 68-68.

Saturday, Barton poured in 23 points and Gogan, who was selected a tourney all-star, went inside for 17 markers. Ryan rippled the twines for nine and Crowe and Beaton notched eight. Thompson and Bowers added solo baskets for Springhill, ahead 31-26 at halftime. Ashley Arsenault led Hartland with 18 points.

Crowe, who was selected tourney MVP, led the way with 17 points against Caledonia as Barton dented the mesh for 12. Gogan finished with eight, Casey six, Ryan five and Beaton and Kaitlyn MacDonald managed four. Bowers and Thompson added two apiece.

"The overtime game was our first of the season," SHS coach Charlie Chambers said. "So it was good to see the girls step up for that at both ends of the floor.

"The games were all competitive and that allowed everyone to play at important junctures of the contests," Chambers added. "We're very pleased to win this tournament, especially since we're the first out of province team to ever be invited to it. It was first rate all the way, hats off to the organizers.

With the victory Chambers said the girls need to remain focused.

"There are some things we need to work on, and a great work ethic and focus at practices is essential to us seeking our goal."

The Golden Eagles prepare to host the ARHS Vikettes on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.

Organizations: Springhill High School Golden Eagles, Caledonia Regional High School Tigers, Harrison Trimble High JV Moncton school

Geographic location: HILLSBOROUGH

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