Girls Basketball Spartans captured the ETIAC playoff trophy
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.
Front: Alyssa MacPherson Middle: Abigail Murray, Maya Goudreau Rear: Alison Barlow, Christine Jin, Alex Smith, Joannie Robitaille (coach), Kareen Chen, Emily Willis, Becky Shen.