© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Amherst Explosions celebrate after the final buzzer.
AMHERST – It was a tightly fought battle, but in the end it was the Amherst Explosions defeating the Halifax Steelers 56-51 in the Basketball Nova Scotia Midget AAA girls Provincial Championships Sunday afternoon at Amherst Regional High School.
“This is our third (provincial championship) win in a row so it’s really nice to get that done,” said Explosions coach Allan MacEachern.
The Expolsions went 4-0 over the championship weekend. In the championship game the Explosions were up 41-39 with 10 minutes left in the game, and 51-49 with a little over 2 minutes left to play.
“The Steelers are a tough team,” said MacEachern. “It was the toughest game of the weekend for us.”
Lauren MacEachern and Danielle Young scored 13 points each in the championship game.
Also scoring for the Explosions was Andrea Dorn with seven, Ashley MacEachern, Sydnee Balser and Stephanie McCormick with five each, Regan Swan with four, and Kennedy Black and Lauren Chitty with two points each.
“We’re very proud of how hard they worked and it’s nice to see they can compete with the city and everyone in the province and come out on top again,” said MacEachern.
The Explosions played three games on the road to the championship.
In semi-final action on Sunday morning the Explosions beat the Antigonish Royals 69-48.
Young scored 20 points, followed by Lauren MacEachern with 14 points, Chitty with 10, Swan with eight, Balser with five points, Ashley MacEachern and Black with two each and Dorn with three points.
On Saturday morning they trounced Pictou 69- 28.
Brenna Casey led the way charge with 14 points, followed by Balser with 12, Young with 10, Ashley MacEachern with nine, Lauren MacEachern with six, Black and Dorn with five points each, and McCormick and Chitty with four points each.
On Saturday afternoon they beat the Halifax Osprey 82-50.
Danielle Young scored 23 points, followed by Balser with 12, Casey with 11, Lauren MacEachern with nine, Swan and McCormick with eight each, Chitty with seven, Ashley MacEachern with four points and Black with two points.
MacEachern attributes their success to several factors.
“They work hard as kids, they give it everything they have and they all want to play,” he said.
More pictures from the championship game can be seen at the slide show section at www.cumberlandnews.com