That is limit the opposition to less than 20 points in an 86-18 win over the Millwood Lady Knights in the opening game of the 19th annual Christmas Classic. The score at halftime was 54-9.
“We didn’t know much about Millwood going into the game,” said Axewomen head coach James Voye. “We told the girls to be ready, focused and they came out and shot the lights out the first half.”
In other girls’ action, Cole Harbour defeated Dalhousie High School 58-31; Lockview outscored Miramichi Valley 65-55; Sussex topped Charlottetown Rural 72-42, and Lockview edged Sussex 58-57.
Tompkins leads Axewomen
At the Three Oaks gymnasium, senior Madison Tompkins led the Axewomen with 15 points while Sloane Rioux and Laura O’Neill each contributed 11 points.
“We rebounded well, we blocked out well and we just did a lot of things really well,” said Voye. “It helped having Madison Tompkins and Sloane Rioux shoot well from the outside.”
Morgan Richardson (6), Megan Miles (6) and Sam Edwards (4) were Millwood’s leading scorers.
Although Millwood struggled offensively, Voye felt his team’s defensive play was a contributing factor.
“Defence is something we’re really stressing with these girls,” added Voye. “We are making them work really hard on defence, and whatever happens on offence happens.
“We are pressing a lot at the start of games trying to get the lead.”
Tompkins and Richardson were named the players of the game for their respective teams.
“She (Tompkins) really picked it up,” said Voye. “She loves this tournament, and she loves to play basketball. She worked hard, and she shot the ball like we are asking her to.”
Two games today
Today, the Axewomen play Cole Harbour at noon and Dalhousie at 6 p.m.
“We don’t know much about Cole Harbour either,” said Voye. “Like today’s game, we are going to have them focused and prepared like they are playing (arch-rival) Colonel Gray or the best team in the tournament, and whatever happens happens.
“We saw Dalhousie last year, and we beat them in our pool play.”
Lockview 65 Miramichi Valley 55
“We didn’t know much about Millwood going into the game. We told the girls to be ready, focused and they came out and shot the lights out the first half.” - Axewomen head coach James Voye
At Athena Consolidated School, Kelsey Rice’s 17-point effort paced Lockview. Megan Thompson added 13, and Karin Nishikia had nine.
For Miramichi Valley, Julianna Hache (17), Olivia Barry (13) and Sydney MacDonald (11) were the top point-getters.
Lockview led 33-16 at halftime.
Players of the game were Lauren Miller (Lockview) and Sara MacDonald (Miramichi Valley).
Sussex 72 Charlottetown Rural 42
At Summerside Intermediate School, defending-champion Sussex outscored Rural 44-16 in the second half after taking a 28-26 lead into halftime.
Sarah Meehan (21), Tanessha Dalling (19) and Tiffany McLong (9) sparked the offence for Sussex.
Jessica Patenaude (15), Danielle Roberts (11) and Jenna Arbing (6) were Rural’s top offensive performers.
Players of the game were Sarah Meehan (Sussex) and Kate Kinsman (Rural).
Cole Harbour 58 Dalhousie 31
At Athena Consolidated, Keionnia Beals sank a game-high 22 points for Cole Harbour, which built a 34-17 lead at the half. Micaela Hartling added 10. Shania Peter-Paul was Dalhousie’s top scorer with six points.
Players of the game were Hartling and Peter-Paul.
Lockview 58 Sussex 57
At Three Oaks, Thompson and Sarah Philpott each had 12 points to lead Lockview’s offence. Markia Dewinter (15), Meehan (14) and Dalling (13) all scored in double digits for Sussex, which led 31-25 at the half.
Players of the game were Alex Strung (Lockview) and Dalling (Sussex).
Following is today’s girls’ schedule, with the location in parenthesis:
10 a.m. – Millwood vs. Dalhousie (TOSH).
Noon – Three Oaks vs. Cole Harbour (TOSH).
2 p.m. – Sussex vs. Miramichi (Athena).
4 p.m. – Cole Harbour vs. Millwood (TOSH).
4 p.m. – Charlottetown Rural vs. Lockview (SIS).
6 p.m. – Three Oaks vs. Dalhousie (TOSH).
8 p.m. – Charlottetown Rural vs. Miramichi (SIS).
End of round robin.