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Maple Grove girls win district basketball championship

The Maple Grove varsity girls basketball team after winning the Yarmouth-Shelburne junior high district title on March 5: (from left) Danica Nakpil, Emily Nickerson, Sarah Houston, Zayna Eissa, Savannah Watkins (co-captain), Jennie-Rose Goodwin (holding banner), Janaya Hiltz (co-captain), Zara Hemani, Emma Surette, Sarah Lyons (co-captain), Ivy Cushing, Maddy Hiltz.
The Maple Grove varsity girls basketball team after winning the Yarmouth-Shelburne junior high district title on March 5: (from left) Danica Nakpil, Emily Nickerson, Sarah Houston, Zayna Eissa, Savannah Watkins (co-captain), Jennie-Rose Goodwin (holding banner), Janaya Hiltz (co-captain), Zara Hemani, Emma Surette, Sarah Lyons (co-captain), Ivy Cushing, Maddy Hiltz. - Contributed

Host MGEC Panthers defeat Shelburne and Barrington in junior girls district tournament

Maple Grove Education Centre’s girls basketball team hosted and won the junior high school district championship for Shelburne-Yarmouth on Tuesday, March 5.

This year’s tournament was a round-robin event featuring teams from Shelburne (SRHS), Barrington (BMHS) and Maple Grove (MGEC).

Maple Grove defeated Shelburne 31-19 in the tournament’s first game. High scorer for Maple Grove was Janaya Hiltz with nine points and Teja Hagel was Shelburne’s high scorer with 10 points.

Barrington outscored Shelburne 49-46 in the day’s second match-up. Jade Newell scored 21 points and Randi Ross netted 17 for Barrington, while Molly Brown was Shelburne’s high point-getter with 16.

Janaya Hiltz led Maple Grove with 20 points in the third and final game of the district tourney, which saw Maple Grove down Barrington 33-27 and take home the district championship banner for the second consecutive year. It also was their second straight undefeated season in regulation league play. Randi Ross led Barrington with 12 points.

The final home game of the season also was the Maple Grove girls team’s Seniors Day.

Before the final game, each senior from all competing schools (eighth graders for Maple Grove, ninth graders from BMHS and SRHS) were presented two red roses, which they in turn presented to those special people in their lives (parents, grandparents, etc.) in recognition of all they have done to help the seniors on their journey up to and through junior high school and junior high basketball.

This year, Seniors Day saw seniors from Shelburne, Barrington and Maple Grove all receive their roses. Coaches also received a red rose from their team thanking them for their time and effort this season.

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