AMHERST, N.S. – The Amherst Regional High School Vikings girls basketball team opened their 2019-2020 campaign with a win.
The Vikings defeated the École Mathieu-Martin Vedettes, a team from Dieppe, by a score of 63-49 during recent exhibition action at ARHS.
“The girls were kind of nervous at the start of the game but they made some shots and made some stops and started to play better,” Vikings coach Charlie Chambers said following the game.
The Vikings girls have 10 returning players this season including five Grade 12 students, three of which have been with the Vikings program since Grade 9; Lauren Furlong, Keira Dyck and Olivia Scott. The other two seniors are Emily Bacon and Kelsey Boudreau.
“We have strong veterans, a strong team concept, and strong leadership,” co-coach Patti Bennett said. “Those veterans are leading the way for the younger ones.”
They also have two new players from Grade 9; Maddi Weir and Olivia Bacon.
Lauren Furlong and Emma Mattinson led the Vikings with 11 points each, Danaka Hussey scored 10, Keira Dyck scored nine, Kennedy Hyatt, Olivia Scott and Victoria Fletchers scored five each, Olivia Bacon scored four, Maddi Weir scored two, and Julia Crawford scored one point.
The Vikings girls play their second game of the season tonight. Originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at ARHS, the game has been moved to Oxford where the Vikings will play the Bears starting at 6 p.m.
The Vikings also host the annual Trantramar Chevrolet Fall Classic this Friday and Saturday, beginning with two games of Friday, at 3:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m.