Athena girls advance to midget AA final

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE – The Athena girls will play for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association midget AA girls basketball championship on Saturday.

Katrina Martin, 15, of the Athena Hawks attempts to get a shot away over the block attempt of the East Wiltshire Warriors’ Grace Keizer during Friday afternoon’s semifinal game in the P.E.I. School Athletic Association midget AA basketball championships at Summerside Intermediate School.

Athena will take on the Stonepark Tigers at 1:30 p.m., and Stonepark will meet the Queen Charlotte Coyotes in an all-East Division boys’ final at 3:30 p.m. Summerside Intermediate School (SIS) is the site of the provincial championship tournament.

The Summerside-based Hawks trimmed the East Wiltshire Warriors 51-27 in one semifinal, and the Stonepark Tigers from Charlottetown defeated the Summerside Intermediate School Owls 56-31.

In the boys’ semifinals, Queen Charlotte won 58-36 over Athena while Queen Charlotte outlasted the host Owls 59-49.

Following is a look at Friday’s games:

Girls

Athena Hawks 51

East Wiltshire Warriors 27

The Hawks jumped out to a 23-8 lead after one quarter, and never looked back against East Wiltshire.

The duo of Nikki Arsenault and Katrina Martin dominated the game for the Hawks, combining to score 45 of the team’s 51 points.

Grace Keizer (8) and Haley Cole (7) were the top scorers for East Wiltshire.

Stonepark Tigers 56

Summerside Intermediate Owls 31

The Tigers applied relentless pressure early in the game to gain control.

Stonepark built up a 22-point lead – 31-9 – at halftime.

Lexi McInnis poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Stonepark, which received a 20-point effort from Yasmine Saleh.

Georgia Baker (12) and Callie MacDonald (9) were the top scorers for the Owls.

Boys

Queen Charlotte Coyotes 58

Athena Hawks 36

Alex Campbell scored 16 first-quarter points to set the tone for the Coyotes, whose defence was too much for the Hawks to handle.

Queen Charlotte was in front 36-15 at halftime.

John Alex Vos (15) and Jesse Flemming (8) were Queen Charlotte’s other top scorers.

Cameron Paynter’s 22 points sparked Athena’s offence.

Stonepark Tigers 59

Summerside Intermediate Owls 49

The Tigers outscored the Owls by seven points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 10-point win in a close and physical contest.

Adam Ryan started the game by scoring five of his 17 points for the Tigers. Evan Judson (8) and Kobee Ingersoll (7) also contributed to Stonepark’s attack.

Logan MacDougall paced the Owls with a 20-point effort, and Logan Cameron added 19 in the back-and-forth game.

The Tigers held a 27-22 advantage at halftime.

Schedule

Following is Saturday’s schedule:

10 a.m. – girls’ bronze: Summerside Intermediate vs. East Wiltshire.

11:45 a.m. – boys’ bronze: Athena vs. Summerside Intermediate.

1:30 p.m. – girls’ gold: Athena vs. Stonepark.

3:30 p.m. – boys’ gold: Queen Charlotte vs. Stonepark.

Organizations: Stonepark Tigers, Summerside Intermediate School Owls

Geographic location: Summerside, Charlottetown

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