AMHERST, N.S. – The Amherst Regional High School Vikings won their annual home tournament, the Tantramar Chevrolet Fall Classic.
They did it with a hard-fought 49-46 win over the JMA Armstrong High School Cougars, which play out of Salisbury, N.B.
“I think we started the tournament a little slow, we had to get our feet underneath us, but as the games went on we got more technical and stopped playing streetball,” Vikings player Olivia Scott said following the game. “And we have a new team, so and we figured out what everybody can do and where they’re going to be as the tournament progressed.
At one point the Vikings were up by 12 points but the Cougars tied the game 42-42 with 5:55 left in the game.
“We didn’t have our shots. They were making it tough for us to shoot,” Vikings player Keira Dyck said.
“We usually make a lot of three’s but they stopped falling,” added Vikings player Lauren Furlong.
Coach Charlie Chambers agrees.
“The Cougars played really well. What they do, they do really well,” Chambers said. “They made adjustments and our shots stopped dropping but we made some key shots to win the game.”
Chambers and the players thanked all the volunteers who helped make the tournament a success and thanked all the people who came out to watch the games.
“And we thank Tantramar Chev Buick GMC for their support as well,” Furlong said.
The Vikings won the championship game with a 49-46 win.
Emma Mattinson led the Vikings with 19 points, followed by Lauren Furlong and Olivia Scott with 10 each, Keira Dyck with nine, and Julia Crawford with one point.
The Vikings opened the tournament with a 63-46 win over the Tantramar Titans.
Furlong opened the tournament with 29 points, 18 points from three-point range, followed by Mattinson with 21 points, Scott with 11 points, and Olivia Bacon with two points
The Vikings won the second game with a 70-46 win over Avon View.
Furlong scored 21 points, once again scoring 18 points from three-point range, followed by, Dyck with 16 points, Mattinson with 14 points, Scott and Julia Crawford with five points each, Kennedy Hyatt with four points, and Boudreau with three points.
The Oxford Golden Bears opened the tournament with two losses on Friday, and then beat Avon View on Saturday.
The Bears opened their tournament Friday afternoon with a 59-56 loss to Hants East.
Katy Baker led the Bears with 27 points in the game, followed by Brianna Warwick with 13 points, Gracie Woodland with five points, Page Oickle with three points, and Railyn Cann, Taylor Thompson, Julia Barro, and Madeline Mattinson with two points each.
On Friday night the Bears lost 47-38 to JMA.
Warwick led the Bears with 16 points in their second loss, while Katy Baker scored nine points, Maddy Baker four, Rachel Galbraith three, and Oickle, Cann, Woodland and Thompson scored two points each.
On Saturday, the Bears beat Avon View 56-48.
Katy Baker scored 17 points in the win, Warwick scored 15, Maddison Baker scored eight points, Woodland scored six, Cann scored five points, Oikle four, and Thompson one point.