Eagles surge in second half to claim provincial title

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Eagles go 16-1 on the season

After overcoming a 21-point deficit in the second half, the Springhill Eagles went on to win the BNS provincial title against the Halifax Osprey. Celebrating their win after the game is: (front, from left) Alexa Thompson, Morgan Bishop, Mallory Thompson, Casie Skidmore, (back, from left) coach Darrell McLellan, Kylee Balser, Jessie Cummings, Erika Scott, Shelby Beaton, Rachael Terris, Kennedy Canfield, Jordyn Tannahill, and coach Murray Thompson.

SPRINGHILL – The Springhill Midget Juvenile girl’s basketball team overcame a 21-point deficit against the No. 1 seeded Halifax Osprey to win provincial gold in the Basketball Nova Scotia Division 1 Juvinile Girls year-end tournament in Cole Harbour.  

"I couldn't be more proud of the team. They worked hard, they listened, and they applied what they learned,” said coach Darrell McLellan.  

McLellan said the resiliency of the team was amazing, adding that most teams would likely have collapsed instead of battling back from such a large deficit in such a big game.

The deficit came, in part, to the fact that Springhill had a tough time generating offence the first three quarters, and could not contain Halifax's star player, who finished with a game-high 34 points.  

Eagle player Jordyn Tannahill was the lone player making shots in the first half, as she shouldered the scoring load while her teammates struggled to score.  

Despite Tannahill's heroics, the Eagles still found themselves trailing by 21 points at one point in the game.  

The girls demonstrated determination, and by the end of the third quarter had managed to narrow the deficit to 11 points.  

Entering the fourth period, the Eagles applied their press and applied constant pressure to the Osprey team, forcing the opposition to constantly take tough shots that would not fall.  

Springhill’s Rachael Terris stepped her game up a notch and scored 11 fourth-quarter points, helping the Eagles finished their improbable comeback by outscoring the Osprey 23-8 in the final period.

With the comeback the Eagles defeated Halifax 60-56, giving the Springhill team a final record of 16-1 for their season.  

Coach Murray Thompson complimented the team after the tournament, saying it was a true team effort.  

“The scoring was spread around, so that the team did not have to rely on one player, which made the Springhill team tough to defend,” said Murray.  

Coach Thompson said the win was even more impressive considering the majority of the team is only midget-aged girls playing against kids two or three years older than the Springhill team.  

Springhill entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, and quickly proved their ranking by beating the host team, Cole Harbour, by a score of 54-40.

 They also defeated Dartmouth 68-50 and trouncing Prospect 65-11 to make it to the cross over round on Sunday.  

Sunday morning the ladies played another city based team in the semi finals, the ABA Celtics.  

After a tough first quarter that saw the team struggle with the size of the Celtics, resulting in only a two point cushion, the girls came out with a renewed defensive intensity and outscored the opposition by a score of 16-3 in quarter two.  

From that point on the game was never in doubt as the Eagles went on to a 64-27 win, and earn a berth in the finals against the No. 1 ranked team Halifax Osprey.  

The Springhill Eagles also congratulated the other Cumberland County teams who brought home medals from the provincials. Teams who brought home a banner and provincial gold are the Oxford girls Mini-Bears, Oxford girls Midget-Bears, Springhill boys Midget-Eagles, and Amherst girls Midget Selects.  

“This is truly the reflection of all the great coaching in the area, and to all the volunteer hours put in by so many people to allow these young men and women to participate starting at an early age and develop their skills while having fun doing it,” said Thompson.




Organizations: Basketball Nova Scotia Division

Geographic location: Oxford

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    April 26, 2014 - 20:16