ST. JOHN’S – It wasn’t long into the first quarter of the first game that teams and spectators here at the under-15 national basketball championships found out that P.E.I. was here to compete.
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Members of the P.E.I. under-15 girls’ basketball team pose with the province’s flag.
In its first matchup against Alberta, the P.E.I. girls were able to squeak by Alberta 57-51. Summerside’s Nikki Arsenault received the player-of-the-game award with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nicole Davies also played a strong game for P.E.I. at both ends of the court.
P.E.I. found itself up against a much bigger team in Nova Scotia in Game 2.
Nova Scotia defeated P.E.I. 75-25. Summerside’s Taylor McAulay was the player of the game with strong play under the net by adding 11 rebounds and scoring five points while Arsenault added eight points.
P.E.I. opened up its third day of the tournament with a close 59-57 win over Newfoundland and Labrador. Jenna Mae Ellsworth, who was the player of the game, had an outstanding performance with 22 points and 11 rebounds for P.E.I. Alexis MacInnis added 13 points.
P.E.I. lost its fourth game as Ontario remained perfect. Strong defensive play during the first quarter kept the score close, but the much taller Ontario team was too much for P.E.I. to hold off. The final score was 72-13.
Top scorers for P.E.I. were McAulay and Ellsworth while MacInnis received player-of-the-game recognition.
P.E.I. defeated Manitoba 64-52 on Day 5.
MacInnis had a fantastic game scoring a game-high 28 points in being named player of the game. Ellsworth contributed 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
On the final day of competition, P.E.I. lost 50-42 to British Columbia in the fifth-place game.
P.E.I. was led by Ellsworth, who had a game-high 16 points and also received second-team all-star selection, while Arsenault, McAulay and Davies contributed several points each.
The P.E.I. under-15 girls, who showed they could compete with much larger provinces, finished sixth overall. The team consisted of girls from the Kensington, Summerside and Charlottetown areas.