St. George – The teams participating in this year’s Basketball New Brunswick Division 3 Championship were evenly matched, with eight of the 11 games being decided by fewer than 10 points.
An overtime loss by Fundy to Woodstock in the semi-final, the eventual tournament winner, relegated the Force to the Bronze medal game.
Game 1 – Fundy (55) vs. Harvey (30)
The Fundy Force jumped into a 10 point first quarter lead against the Harvey Lakers, and never looked back as they coasted to a comfortable win in their opening game of the BNB Under 14 Girls Division 3 Championship, played at Fundy High School.
Dara Glasby led the Lakers with 12 points. Eleven of Fundy’s 15 players hit the score sheet with Ella Cook leading with 11 points.
Player of the game, Meg Ingalls, added eight, as did Bea Torreon, while Hannah Borthwick dropped in six. Payton Hamilton contributed five.
Game 2 – Fundy (40) vs. Canterbury (36)
An unknown team coming into this tournament, the Canterbury Celtics proved they were worthy of their seeding on this first day of the tournament.
The Celtics downed Harvey and gave the Fundy Force all they could handle, as the home team eked out a four point win.
Fundy increased a seven point half time lead against the Celtics to nine points at the three quarter mark.
Canterbury outscored the Force 13 to eight in the final quarter, but the Fundy girls hung on for the win and earned their ticket into the semi-finals as the no. 1 team from Pool A.
Torreon and Elise Cheney led the Fundy scoring parade with eight points, while Claire Thompson, Teagan Carrier, Tatum Fraser, and player of the game, Cook each added four points.
Semi-final Results – Woodstock (49) vs. Fundy (44) – in overtime
This very physical game went right down to the wire. Cook’s three pointer with 25 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
The Thunder outscored the Force in overtime to advance to the championship game, which relegated the home Fundy team to the third place game.
Cook led the scoring with 14, while Cheney, player of the game, had 11 and Carrier nine.
Bronze Medal Game
While the Fundy girls would have preferred a different colour medal, they were happy to end their season on a winning note, with a well earned 44 – 33 win over the Canterbury Celtics in the Bronze medal game.
Cook and Torreon led the Fundy attack with 13 points each. Cook was named player of the game while Torreon was named a tournament all star.
The Fundy coaches were more than pleased with the effort on the floor from the players in this tournament and throughout the year.
Submitted by Hal Mersereau