Girls Bas­ket­ball Spar­tans cap­tured the ETIAC play­off tro­phy

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The Stanstead Col­lege Ju­nior Girls Bas­ket­ball Spar­tans cap­tured the ETIAC play­off tro­phy for the first time ever on Tues­day, de­feat­ing Rich­mond Re­gional by a sin­gle point in the fi­nal.

This was the fourth meet­ing be­tween Stanstead and Rich­mond dur­ing the sea­son, Rich­mond hav­ing won two and Stanstead one, earn­ing the Raiders the ETIAC reg­u­lar sea­son ban­ner.

Stanstead beat BCS 43-4 in the semi-fi­nal while Rich­mond had a by to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

Rich­mond played a phys­i­cal press through­out the fi­nal, forc­ing Stanstead to strug­gle to get the ball over half and re­sult­ing in a num­ber of turnovers. But the Spar­tans were tough on de­fence in their own right, es­pe­cially un­der the bas­ket, re­sult­ing in a 2-point lead for the Spar­tans at half.

The se­cond half saw Rich­mond fur­ther flus­ter the se­cond-place team, al­low­ing the Raiders to build a lead by as many as 7 points. With their top post player fouled out, Stanstead fought back and found them­selves down 30-31. Af­ter an SC time­out, Emily Wil­lis for the Spar­tans was fouled on the shot with only 11 sec­onds left. Need­ing one to tie, Wil­lis sank two free throws to take the lead. Stanstead then hung tough on de­fence, forc­ing a Rich­mond turnover to re­gain pos­ses­sion and win the game.

Photo Stanstead Col­lege

Front: Alyssa MacPher­son Middle: Abi­gail Mur­ray, Maya Goudreau Rear: Ali­son Bar­low, Chris­tine Jin, Alex Smith, Joan­nie Ro­bitaille (coach), Ka­reen Chen, Emily Wil­lis, Becky Shen.

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