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Host Maple Grove Panthers go 2-2 in tip-off tourney

Zayna Eissa (11) has the ball for Maple Grove during the opening game of the Panthers' Nov. 16-17 tip-off junior high school girls basketball tournament.
Zayna Eissa (11) has the ball for Maple Grove during the opening game of the Panthers' Nov. 16-17 tip-off junior high school girls basketball tournament. - Eric Bourque

Bluenose Academy goes 4-0 to win junior girls tournament at MGEC

The host Maple Grove Panthers went 2-2 this past weekend in their home tip-off basketball tournament, with Bluenose Academy from Lunenburg going 4-0 to take the tournament title.

Besides host Maple Grove Education Centre, tri-county teams in the Nov. 16-17 tournament included Barrington, which went 1-3 in its four games, and Lockeport, which went 0-4.

Middleton rounded out the tournament’s five-team field.

The following is a summary of tournament action, along with individual highlights for tri-county teams:

FRIDAY, NOV. 16

GAME 1: Maple Grove 61 – Lockeport 16. MGEC player of the game (POG) and high scorer (14 points): Sarah Houston. Hustle award: Zayna Eissa. Hardhat hard-work award: Jennie-Rose Goodwin. Lockeport player of the game: Jodie Acker. Hustle: Grace Garren.

GAME 2: Barrington 66 – Lockeport 26. Barrington POG: Randi Ross. Hustle: Jade Newell. High scorers: Randi Ross (18), Jade Newell (16). Lockeport POG: Emily Smith-Huphman. Hustle: Desiree Acker. High scorer: Grace Garren (6).

GAME 3: Maple Grove 37 – Barrington 32. Maple Grove POG: Janaya Hiltz (21 points, 14 steals, 21 rebounds). Hustle: Emma Surette. Hardhat: Savannah Watkins. Barrington POG: Kyra Foster. Hustle: Kaylee Myers. High scorers: Randi Ross (16), Jade Newell (12).

SATURDAY, NOV. 17

GAME 1: Middleton 52 – Barrington 35. Barrington POG: Randi Ross. Hustle: Jillian Nickerson. High scorers: Jade Newell (17), Randi Ross (16)

GAME 2: Bluenose Academy 49 – Lockeport 6. Lockeport POG: DeLaney Savoury. Hustle: Haley Sperry. High scorer: Grace Garren (4).

GAME 3: Middleton 56 – Maple Grove 50. Maple Grove POG: Savannah Watkins. Hustle: Emily Nickerson. Hardhat: Danica Nakpil. High scorer: Janaya Hiltz (22, new career high).

GAME 4: Bluenose Academy 36 – Barrington 18. Barrington POG and high scorer (9): Randi Ross. Hustle: Kyra Foster.

GAME 5: Middleton 45 – Lockeport 15. Lockeport POG: Kaitlyn Stewart. Hustle: Madison Himmelman. High scorer: Jodie Acker (14).

GAME 6: Bluenose Academy 36 – Maple Grove 24. Maple Grove POG and high scorer (9): Janaya Hiltz. Hustle: Sarah Lyons. Hardhat: Emma Surette.

GAME 7: Bluenose Academy 49 – Middleton 38.

RUSSELL CUSHING MEMORIAL AWARD

Russell Cushing, who passed away Jan. 24, 2018, had been a member of the Maple Grove coaching team. An award in his memory was presented to a player from each of the teams in this past weekend’s tournament. The award is for players who demonstrate exemplary team spirit, sportsmanship and a love of basketball.

The award recipients:

--Lockeport: Hannah Smith-Huphman.

--Middleton: Molly Peppard.

--Bluenose: Sophie Ottens.

--Barrington: Jade Newell.

--Maple Grove: Ivy Cushing (Russell Cushing’s daughter).

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