Mariners sail to middle school title

Submitted photo The Fundy Mariners went undefeated in Basketball New Brunswick’s Division 3 Middle School Girl’s Championship to return home from Hillsborough as provincial champions. Front row, from left: Ella Cook, Claire Thompson, Meg Ingalls, and Brooke Thompson. Back row: coach Hal Mersereau, Lily Maxwell, Teagan Carrier, Elise Cheney, Bea Torreon, Tatum Fraser, Chloe Camic, coach Julie Ingalls, and coach Paul Fudge.

Hal Mersereau

Hillsborough – Basketball New Brunswick’s Division 3 Middle School Girl’s Championship unfolded last weekend in the friendly confines of the gymnasium of Caledonia Consolidated School in Hillsborough.

This tournament brought together seven teams who would vie for the elusive championship banner.

On day one, the Fundy Mariners met Harry Miller Middle School of Rothesay and emerged with a 43 – 33 decision. While the defence of the blue and white kept the game in hand, the Mariner offense was lead by Bea Torreon with 13. Claire Thompson popped in eight, while Ella Cook with six and Meg Ingalls with five, helped the cause.

Game two, saw the Carrefour de l’Acadie of Dieppe, succumb to intense Mariner full court pressure, which lead to a comfortable 47 – 19 Mariner win, which propelled them into Sunday’s final.

Eight players contributed to the point production, with Torreon once more leading the way with 12. Elise Cheney struck for eight, while Tatum Fraser and Thompson added seven.

The Riverview Royals steam rolled through their side of the draw and joined the Mariners in the Gold Medal game with the banner on the line.

The Mariner game strategy from the start involved pressuring the Royals, taking away their space and time, with the defence providing offensive opportunities. At the first quarter break, the Mariners held a slim 12-9 lead, with the Fundy pressure leading to Royals turnovers.

Halftime saw the score knotted at 23, with the smaller Fundy players doing a good job on the boards.

The Royals held a two point lead at the three quarter mark, but the Mariners bounced back in the fourth quarter, hitting some key outside shots and continuing their relentless defence.

The Mariners hit five three pointers in this game and dropped in eight from the charity stripe.

Team MVP, Torreon once more led the Mariner attack, notching a dozen, while Fraser, player of the game, dropped in 11. Cheney scored 10 of her 11 points in the last quarter, including two threes. Cook struck for seven including two threes. The Fundy bench contributed valuable minutes.

The hard work, hustle, and never say die attitude of the Fundy team propelled them to this narrow but exciting win.