Axewomen off to semifinals of Sweetheart tournament

Jason Simmonds
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Championship game scheduled for Saturday afternoon

SUMMERSIDE – The Three Oaks Axewomen have advanced to the semifinals of the Three Oaks Senior High School Sweetheart basketball tournament.

Julie Campbell of the Three Oaks Axewomen lays a shot in off the glass during Friday night’s game against the North Nova Gryphons from New Glasgow, N.S., in the Three Oaks Sweetheart basketball tournament.

The Axewomen defeated the North Nova Gryphons from New Glasgow, N.S., 80-49 in the opening game of the eight-team senior AAA-calibre girls' tournament for both teams on Friday night. It was one of four games played, with the four winners playing in Saturday’s semifinals at 11 a.m.

In other games, James M. Hill defeated Charlottetown Rural 52-45; Amherst downed Bluefield 60-36, and Colonel Gray topped Miramichi Valley 71-42.

The Axewomen will face James M. Hill in one semifinal at Three Oaks, and the other will feature Amherst, N.S., taking on Charlottetown’s Colonel Gray Colonels at Athena Consolidated School.

At 9 a.m., Bluefield will meet Miramichi at Athena and Rural and North Nova will meet at Three Oaks. The fifth- and seventh-place games will be played at Three Oaks and Athena at 1 p.m. The championship game will be played at Three Oaks at 3 p.m., and the third-place contest will go at Athena at the same time.

Three Oaks 80 North Nova 49

At Three Oaks, Ashley Simmons poured in 21 points while Charlotte Thompson added 19 to lead the Axewomen, who jumped out to a 49-16 lead at halftime. Jessica Gillis added 13 points for Three Oaks.

Jamie McCarron (10), Meredith Hynes (9) and Shalyn Floyd (9) were North Nova’s top scorers.

Players of the game were Gillis and Jaya Sood (North Nova).

Colonel Gray 71 Miramichi Valley 42

At Athena, Victoria Barbour had a game-high 21 points for the Colonels. Jada Yeo (16) and Jenna Mae Ellsworth (13) were Gray’s other top point-getters.

For Miramichi Valley, Sydney MacDonald (10), Alyssa Dickerson (13) and Bailey Black (10) led the way offensively.

Gray built a 30-point – 50-20 – lead at halftime.

Players of the game were Barbour and Jillian Harris (Miramichi Valley).

Amherst 60 Bluefield 36

At Athena, Lauren MacEachern (20), Ashley MacEachern (11) and Mis Furlong (10) keyed Amherst’s offensive attack.

Jordon Havenga (12), Maria Walsh (9) and Kasey Mahoney (7) were Bluefield’s top scorers.

Amherst led 31-24 at the intermission.

Players of the game were Taylor Chitty (Amherst) and Haley Wilting (Bluefield).

James M. Hill 52 Charlottetown Rural 45

At Three Oaks, James M. Hill held a 27-19 advantage at halftime.

Meagan MacDiarmid sank 19 points to lead James M. Hill, which benefited from Katie Corlett’s 10-point effort and nine from Alex Hache.

Kassie Little (12), Sarah Steele (10) and Abbey Harley (9) led Rural at the offensive end.

Players of the game were MacDiarmid and Alysha Corrigan (Rural).

Organizations: North Nova Gryphons

Geographic location: Miramichi Valley, New Glasgow, North Nova Charlottetown

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