GUYSBOROUGH - The Springhill High School Golden Eagles posted three wins to claim the NSSAF Northumberland Division III girls basketball regional championship here on the weekend.
The Golden Eagles defeated Musquodoboit High Mustangs 55-20 in the final to capture its 11th regional banner in 12 years. SHS opened the six team event with a 92-35 win over the Pictou Academy Pitbulls and earned the berth in the regional championship with an 87-37 victory over Hants North Flames.
Springhill will now prepare for the NSSAF provincial championship in Digby, March March 4-6, where they are the defending champions. Brittany Barton hooped 13 points, Kirsten Gogan nine, Meagen Bowers eight, Leah Crowe seven and Shauna Ryan six to help lift the Golden Eagles. Taylor MacDonald and Jill Casey both had four and Emily and Meaghan Moore added two each.
Meaghan Moore struck for 12, Crowe managed 11 and Bowers, Ryan and Barton each bucketed 10 to spark SHS to its win over Pictou Academy. Trisha Thompson and Emily Moore both shot eight, with Gogan and Casey managing seven points apiece. MacDonald and Danika Beaton also contributed solo buckets.
Danielle Cyr finished with 11 points for Pictou Academy. Meaghan Moore shot 14, Crowe had 12 and Casey 10 to lead SHS past Hants North. Bowers and Thompson both hooped eight, Gogan and Ryan seven and Beaton, MacDonald and Barton finished with six points apiece. Emily Moore added a solo hoop. Chelsey Hurley had a game-high 17 to ignite the Flames.
"We've been on a nice roll with the regionals and hope that will continue at the provincials, SHS co-coach Charlie Chambers, after the tournament, said. The girls have been working hard and we would love to defend our title. They just have to realize that there is plenty of hard work, instruction and learning to come over the next couple of weeks. The weekend was great for the team, but especially nice for the senior co-captains Emily Moore, Shauna Ryan and Brittany Barton to claim a third consecutive regional banner."
Springhill will host Pugwash on Monday at 5:15 for their final home game of the season and then travel to play Oxford on Thursday.