ELMSDALE – The Westisle Wolverines were a dominant force in winning the Westisle Girls Hoops basketball tournament last weekend.
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Westisle’s Breanne Lewis looks to make a pass during the Wolverines’ gold-medal game against Three Oaks on Saturday. The Wolverines went on to win the final 81-45. Looking to pick up the pass is Westisle’s Megan Moore while challenging for the ball are Three Oaks Brianna Arsenault, 15, and Ashley Simmons.
The hosts handily won both games in round-robin play, defeated Souris 73-42 in the semifinal and turned on the burners in the second half of the championship game against Three Oaks Team Two. The Wolverines, who led 34-27 at halftime, went on to win 81-45.
Tournament most valuable player Jody Gerus scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the second half. Breeanna Gallant added 18 points and Emily Malone had 11 for Westisle.
Ashley Simmons (11), Brianna Arsenault (10) and Alya Ahmed-Praught (6) were Three Oaks’ top scorers.
Three Oaks actually led 5-0 early in the game before the hosts recovered.
“Three Oaks, they’re a nice team, and we knew we would face them in the final,” said Wolverines coach Dana Gard. “We broke it open in the second half.
“The girls just got determined that they were going to win the game, basically. We had a talk at halftime about relaxing, basically.
“We didn’t talk about plays or anything. . .”
Three Oaks topped Kensington 68-33 in the other semifinal game at Westisle.
Abbey McQuaid (17), Ellen Arsenault (16) and Simmons (14) put up big offensive numbers for Three Oaks.
Lesley Clark (12) and Emma MacLean (11) were Kensington’s top scorers.
Three Oaks led 38-19 at the half.
Meanwhile, Gallant (16), Malone (13) and Mandy Shea (9) led Westisle’s attack.
Sydney Moore led Souris with 20 points.
Westisle was in front 42-22 at the break.
Souris 47 Kensington 42
At Westisle, Souris overcame a 20-16 deficit at the half.
Moore had a game-high 27 points while Madelyn Stewart added 17.
Victoria Gimeno (16) and MacLean (9) were Kensington’s top scorers.
In the consolation game at Westisle, Montague posted a 56-39 win over Kinkora.
Simone Farish (23), Anissa Sahouli (12) and Sarah Drake (8) led Montague.
Maggie MacDonald (20), Briar Roberts (8) and Olivia Palmer (7) were Kinkora’s top scorers.
Kinkora was in front 34-21 at the break.
Three Oaks 72 Kinkora 31
At Hernewood Intermediate School, Logan MacAulay (14), Ahmed-Praught (14) and Briana Arsenault (10) were Three Oaks’ top scorers.
MacDonald and Palmer each had 10 points for Kinkora.
Three Oaks led 38-16 at halftime.
Three Oaks 79 Souris 52
At Hernewood, the top point-getters for Three Oaks were Simmons (13), Ahmed-Praught (12) and Arsenault (10).
Stewart and Julia MacAulay were Souris’ top scorers with 13 points each.
Three Oaks led 36-29 at the half.
Souris 51 Kinkora 40
At Hernewood, Stewart and Moore each sank 12 points to lead Souris.
Roberts (14) and MacDonald (13) were Kinkora’s top scorers.
The teams were tied 27-27 at halftime.
Westisle 66 Montague 7
At Westisle, Gallant (14), Gerus (11) and Malone (7) keyed Westisle’s offence.
For Montague, Leah Jordan, Brittany Cotton and Anissa Sahouli all had two points.
Westisle was in front 38-4 at the half.
Kensington 45 Montague 22
At Westisle, MacLean had a game-high 12 points to lead Kensington, which received eight from Natasha MacLeod.
Simone Farish (5) and Shanley Saunders (4) were Montague’s top scorers.
Kensington led 31-10 at the break.
Westisle 80 Kensington 32
At Westisle, Gerus (18), Gallant (14) and Malone (13) all had big games offensively for Westisle.
MacLean (15), Clark (6) and MacLeod (5) were Kensington’s top scorers.
Westisle led 42-13 at halftime.
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Maggie MacDonald, Kinkora.
Simone Farish, Montague.
Emma MacLean, Kensington.
Madelyn Stewart, Souris.
Ashley Simmons, Three Oaks.
Breeanna Gallant, Westisle.