Pugwash Junior Panthers win EBC Grade 8 Girls Winter Classic

Jamie Heap
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Published on January 19, 2014

The host EB Chandler Grade 8 Cheetahs won silver Saturday after losing a heartbreaker to the Pugwash Junior Panthers in the finals of the Winter Classic. In no particular: Abby Mosley, Tameka Hussey, Maddie Black, Jamie Chapman, Emma Gould, Sharon McCrossin, Jemma Todoschuk, Emma Bickerton, Robyn Newman, Christina Burbine, Brianna McIntyre, Abbie Smith and co-coaches Tammy Bickerton and Terri Hope-Tooley

Published on January 19, 2014

Brianna McvIntyre for the EB Chandler Grade 8 Cheetahs gets some hang time on a free throw during the finals of their EBC Winter Classic basketball tournament Saturday night while teammates Maddie Black (15) and Emma Gould  (12) look on. Also pictured from the Pugwash Junior Panthers are number 7 Alissa Anderson and number 4 Jesse Brophy (background). 

Published on January 19, 2014

Brianna McIntyre from the EBC Grade 8 Cheetahs andKiersten Moore of the Pugwash Panthers block each other as they await rebound from a free throw attempt Saturday during the tournament finals. Jamie Heap-The Citizen-Record

Host EBC Cheetahs Grade 8 girls win silver at their three-day tournament

AMHERST-The Pugwash Junior Panthers nipped the E.B. Chandler Grade 8 Cheetahs by two points on Saturday night to win the EBC Cheetahs Grade 8 Girls Winter Classic, a three-day tournament.  The final score was 40-38 for Pugwash.

“The girls played hard; it was a well-deserved win,” said Pugwash head coach Jeff Purchase.

The Winter Classic is an eight-team tournament that began Thursday afternoon and wrapped up on Saturday. There were seven local teams—and East Pictou.”

“The teams played hard,” said E.B. Chandler co-coach Tammy Bickerton. “They’re evenly matched. There was good sportsmanship and lots of spectators.

In the third place game the Oxford Jr. A Bears defeated EBC 7 by a score of 50-36 while East Pictou beat the River Hebert Raiders 54-15 in the fifth place game.

Also on Saturday, Pugwash beat River Hebert 54-16; the EBC 8s edged Oxford 43-40; EBC 7s beat River Hebert 45-25 and East Pictou beat Springhill 50 to 27.

The EBC 8s defeated the Springhill Junior Golden Eagles by a score of 47-17 in the tournament’s opening game while the EBC 7s lost 42-38 to Pugwash.

Other action from Thursday saw River Hebert edge the Parrsboro Junior Warriors 28-25 while Oxford defeated Springhill 40-15. On Friday, the EBC 7s defeated Parrsboro 43-12; Oxford defeated East Pictou 53-26; Pugwash defeated Parrsboro 50-13 while the EBC 8s defeated East Pictou by a score of 51 to 40.

“There was lots of support from local businesses,” said EBC 8s’ co-coach Terri Hope-Tooley. “The parents also showed a great deal of dedication and support.”

The money raised from the EBC Cheetahs Grade 8 Girls Winter Classic will go towards the erection of new basketball backboards in the school’s gymnasium.

“The girls wanted to do something in their last year at the school before they move on to high school,” said Hope-Tooley. “New backboards will be their legacy.”

In the meantime, the EBC Chandler Cheetahs still have basketball left to be played.

“We have a bantam tournament (Division II) coming up the weekend of January 31 in Cape Breton (Sydney),” said Bickerton. Districts are the third week in February and Regionals are on March 5.”

The Pugwash Panthers are hosting a tournament Feb 7-8.



Organizations: EBC, Oxford Jr. A Bears, Springhill Junior Screaming Eagles

Geographic location: Pugwash, East Pictou, River Hebert AMHERST Oxford Cape Breton Sydney

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  • Norm Robitza
    January 20, 2014 - 08:47

    All the girls played great! Congratulations to EBC Grade 7. They were the youngest team on the court all weekend. The rest of the teams were mostly from Grade 8 & 9. To finish in 4th is a testament to how hard they work.