Spartans strike gold at BNS championships

Amherst team goes unbeaten to win Nova Scotia title

Published on April 11, 2017

The Amherst Spartans claimed the Basketball Nova Scotia Under-18 Division 3 championship. Members of the team include: (front, from left) Lauren Furlong, Kylee Balser, Chloe Stubbert, Keira Dyck, (back, from left) coach Ashley MacEachern, Tameka Hussey, Sharon McCrossin, Ceilidh Bennett, Emma Gould, Olivia Scott, Becca Fromm and coach Thomas Skabar

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AMHERST – The Amherst Spartans went undefeated to claim the Basketball Nova Scotia Under-18 Division 3 girl’s championship.

The majority of the team is in the Under-16 category, including five Grade 9s. The club returned three players from last year's provincial championship team: Kylee Balser, Emma Gould, Ceilidh Bennett.
Provincials were hosted by East Preston Rec Centre.
Amherst went 5-0 over the course of the weekend, with wins over Oxford, Slam, Jr. Mystics and Cape Breton West before beating Slam in the gold medal game 53-40.
Kylee Balser, the only senior, averaged 14.5 points per game and was named tournament MVP.
Grade 9 point guard Keira Dyck was solid all weekend and was named to the tournament all-star team. Other notable performances came from the inside scoring of Grade 11 forward Emma Gould, and the defensive prowess of Grade 10 forward Ceilidh Bennett, who was tasked with shutting down the opposing team's best player every game