Torchmen, Wolverines advance to gold-medal games

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In PEISAA senior AA basketball championships

CHARLOTTETOWN – Two Prince County high schools have advanced to the gold-medal games of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior AA basketball championships.

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The Kensington Torchmen defeated the Three Oaks Axemen Team Two 91-61 in one of four semifinal games played at Holland College in Charlottetown on Friday.

The other boys’ game featured the Charlottetown Rural Raiders winning 75-68 over the Souris Spartans.

On the girls’ side, Westisle took control early en route to a 79-40 decision over the Souris Spartans, and the Colonel Gray Team Two Colonels edged the Montague Vikings 49-47 in overtime.

The AA medal games will be played on Monday at Holland College, with Souris and Montague meeting in the girls’ bronze-medal game at 2 p.m. The boys’ bronze-medal match between Three Oaks Team Two and Souris will take place at 4 p.m.

The girls’ final will go at 6 p.m., featuring Westisle and Colonel Gray Team Two. That game will be followed by the boys’ championship between Kensington and Rural at 8 p.m.

Following is a look at Friday’s semifinals:

Boys

Kensington 91 Three Oaks 61

After the first quarter ended 16-14 in favour of the Torchmen, top-seeded Kensington ran to a 43-31 halftime lead behind the three-point shooting of Aiden Harrington, who hit twice from downtown, and Jake Reynolds along with strong rebounding by Jordan Montgomery (8) and Patrick Clark (6).

The Torchmen kept coming in the third quarter as Harrington added four more three-pointers. The score going into the final quarter was 74-46.

Harrington, who finished with seven three-pointers, poured in a game-high 32 points. Reynolds also had a big game with 28 while MacKenzie Corcoran and Patrick Clark each sank 10 each while Montgomery collected 10 boards.

Mitchell Henderson (15), Zack Mallett (13) and Colton Wadman (12) were the top scorers for Three Oaks, which went into the provincial championship as the No. 4 seed. Mallett also added 12 rebounds.

Charlottetown Rural 75 Souris 68

Rural led 32-31 at halftime and both teams had the crowd on its feet as time ran down.

The Raiders led by one point with 3:04 remaining. Josh Stewart hit two foul shots with 2:51 to play to put the Spartans up one.

Then Nick Frizzell took over, draining a trio of three-pointers on three consecutive trips up the floor to put the Raiders up six with 1:59 to play.

Souris could not catch up after that.

Frizzell and Tanner Ogg each scored 20 points while Kyle Arsenault had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Stewart had a fantastic game for the Spartans, pouring in 37 points and recording 16 rebounds. Zach Acorn sank 18 points.

Girls

Westisle 79 Souris 40

The Wolverines, led by Lexi Getson’s 11 points and eight from Maggee Fraser, built a commanding 25-2 lead after the first quarter.

The Spartans closed the gap to 37-21 at halftime, and Westisle was in front 58-34 after three quarters.

Fraser finished with 21 points to lead the Wolverines, who are the No. 1 seed. Getson (19), Nonie Lyon (14), Vanessa Rennie (12) and Breeanne Lewis (9) were the other leading scorers. Lewis also collected 22 rebounds.

Jayne Robertson’s 16 points, 12 boards and seven blocks sparked the Spartans’ attack. Julia MacAulay and Meghan Stewart each drained 10 points.

Colonel Gray 49 Montague 47 (OT)

The game had several lead changes in the last few minutes, and Shanley Saunders’ hoop with 38 seconds remaining in regulation time forced overtime with the score tied 44-44.

Alana VanWeichen’s hoop gave Montague a one-point lead with 3:10 to play, and they clung to that until there were 13.6 seconds remaining. Adrienne Wright hit both ends of a foul penalty to give the Colonels a one-point lead.

Another foul shot with 6.6 seconds left by Emily Winters made the margin two points, and a good look at a lay-up rolled out at the buzzer to send the Colonels to the final.

Danielle Younker (13), Wright (9), Sarah Victor (9) and Julie Stark (8) were the top point-getters for Gray.

Saunders (16), VanWeichen (14) and Zoie Farish (8) were the leading offensive performers for Montague. VanWeichen also contributed nine rebounds.

Saturday’s Schedule

Saturday’s PEISAA senior A schedule:

10 a.m. – girls’ bronze-medal game: Charlottetown Rural vs. Morell.

Noon – boys’ bronze-medal game: Colonel Gray vs. Morell.

2 p.m. – girls’ gold-medal game: Kinkora vs. Bluefield.

4 p.m. – boys’ gold-medal game: Kinkora vs. Morell.

Note: All games at Bluefield High School in Hampshire.

Organizations: Holland College

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Kensington, Kinkora Bluefield Hampshire

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