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Torchettes rally to reach title game

The Kensington Torchettes’ Callie Champion scores a key basket late in the fourth quarter in a P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AA Girls Basketball League semifinal game against the Grace Christian Knights at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School on Thursday night. Champion’s teammate, Ellen Cole, drives to the basket for a possible rebound while the Knights’ Sarah Edwards, 10, Danielle McGonnell, 11, and Caroline MacDonald, 14, hustle back on defence. The Torchettes won the game 59-55.
The Kensington Torchettes’ Callie Champion scores a key basket late in the fourth quarter in a P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AA Girls Basketball League semifinal game against the Grace Christian Knights at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School on Thursday night. Champion’s teammate, Ellen Cole, drives to the basket for a possible rebound while the Knights’ Sarah Edwards, 10, Danielle McGonnell, 11, and Caroline MacDonald, 14, hustle back on defence. The Torchettes won the game 59-55. - Jason Simmonds

Westisle boys reach final

KENSINGTON – Emily MacDonald started and completed the comeback for the Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School Torchettes on Thursday night.

With Kensington trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, MacDonald sank a three-point shot to ignite a Torchettes’ rally. MacDonald, who finished with 18 points, later capped the comeback by scoring after grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring off the glass to make it a two-possession game and close out the scoring in Kensington’s 59-55 win over the Grace Christian Knights.
The P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AA Girls Basketball League semifinal game was played before a noisy crowd at the KISH gymnasium. The Torchettes will play in the gold-medal game at Holland College in Charlottetown on Monday at 6 p.m. The Torchettes will face the Bluefield Bobcats, who edged Montague 81-78 in overtime.
The Torchettes, who were down 33-16 at halftime, started the second half strong and cut Grace Christian’s lead to single digits. However, the Torchettes went cold and the Knights were able to restore their 17-point lead.
Callie Champion, who scored three straight baskets to give the Torchettes a 57-53 lead, also finished with 18 points. Ellen Cole contributed 10 for Kensington.
Sarah Edwards poured in a game-high 21 points for the Knights, who received 13 from Caroline MacDonald and nine from Alexa Rancourt.
Hope Muttart scored 25 points to lead Bluefield, which received six points from Fiona Nicholson in overtime.
Allison Vandaele and Abby Hameline each chipped in with 11 for Montague.

Westisle boys
The Westisle Wolverines punched their ticket to Monday’s 8 p.m. boys’ final with an 82-38 decision over the visiting Morell Marlins.
The Wolverines, after a slow start against the hard-working Marlines, took a 38-25 lead into halftime.
Westisle, which had a very strong defensive second half, had contributions from all players. Elon Wilkie (20), Morgan Caseley (16) and Logan Dawson (14) led the Wolverines’ balanced attack.
Thomas Craig (16) and Ben MacMillan (10) paced Morell’s attack.
The Wolverines will face the Charlottetown Rural Team Two Raiders, who pulled out a 61-48 win over the Three Oaks Team Two Axemen.
Donovan Ching and Nolan Ryan each scored eight for Rural, and Rhys Storr had seven.
Tyler MacDonald of the Axemen led all scorers with 24 points. Owen Turner (6), Jack Somers (5) and Marcus Gauthier (5) were the other top point-getters for Three Oaks.
The Axemen and Marlins will play for the bronze medal at Holland College on Monday at 4 p.m.

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