AMHERST – Lauren MacEachern scored 30 points and Lauren Chitty added 16 as the ARHS Vikettes defeated the Bluefield High Bobcats 99-19 in action at the 30th Annual Charlottetown Rural Confederation High School Basketball Tournament.
Ryanne Belyea added 12 points for ARHS, while Danielle Young scored nine, Maitland Terrio chipped in seven and Natasha Gouchie had six.
Alexa Thompson with five, Mia Furlong, Paige Lewis and Ashley MacEachern with four each and Emily Pipes with two also scored.
“Our offence was flowing this weekend and we had a balanced scoring attack in all three games,” coach Gillian Ellis said. “We were happy to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record, but continue to look for ways to win the close, pressure games against better teams. It’s easy to make shots when there is no pressure, but we need to rally together in closer games to come out with a win. We tend to worry about the last play, instead playing present and concentrating on the play in front of us.”
The Vikettes opened the tournament with a 62-55 loss to the Colonel Grey High Colonels.
Young scored 17 points to pace the Vikettes’ attack, while Lauren MacEachern scored 13 and Gouchie and Lewis each scored six. Ashley MacEachern with five, Chitty with four and Thompson and Terrio with two each also scored.
In their other game, Lauren MacEachern had 18 points and Gouchie 16 as ARHS defeated Glace Bay 86-46.
Chitty scored 12 to pace the attack while Lewis had 10, Terrio, Young and Belyea each had nine and Thompson chipped in five. Ashley MacEachern with four and Furlong with three also scored.
“At practice our focus has been on communicating well on defence, which continues to improve each game. In addition we want to turn the ball over less against pressure defences,” Ellis said. “It’s these small things that will help us win better games.”
Ellis said she was happy with the play of Ashley MacEachern and Thompson on the defensive end while offensively she said the coaching staff saw great things from Grade 9 player Belyea.
Lauren MacEachern put on a scoring clinic against Bluefield, Ellis said, while Gouchie – the team captain – was also steady all weekend.
“She isn’t flashy, but does the little things we talk about that help us win,” she said.
ARHS returns to action this weekend to face last year’s rivals from Middleton and Yarmouth.