Cru­saders com­plete im­pres­sive sea­son

Har­bour Grace team among the elites in girls’ bas­ket­ball

The Compass - - OPINION -

The St. Fran­cis Grades 6-7 girls’ bas­ket­ball team served no­tice this year they are among the prov­ince’s elite at the ju­nior high level, fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third at tour­na­ments hosted by the New­found­land and Labrador Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NLBA).

The Har­bour Grace based team first saw ac­tion at a tour­na­ment in Pla­cen­tia in Jan­uary 2011, and has since evolved into one of the most com­pet­i­tive teams in the prov­ince, says coach Ed Jarvis.

In March, the St. Fran­cis Lady Cru­saders marched into the Grade 8 tour­na­ment in Pla­cen­tia and came away with third place af­ter los­ing by four points to Holy Cross of St. John’s in the cross-over en­counter.

Along the way, the Cru­saders went un­de­feated with wins over Ron­calli and Brother Rice, and posted an ex­cit­ing one-point win over Mount Pearl.

Player-of-the-game awards went to Sarah His­cock, Shelby Oates, Mal­lory Gille­spie and Gina Pynn.

The Cru­saders fol­lowed that with an ap­pear­ance at a Grade 9 tourney in Clarenville, en­ter­ing as the youngest team in the com­pe­ti­tion.

De­spite the age dif­fer­ence, the Lady Cru­saders ad­vanced to the final be­fore los­ing to the Bal­ti­more Grade 9s in the final.

The Cru­saders ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship with round-robin wins over Ron­calli, Per­salvic and Clarenville, and de­feated Bea­cons­field Ju­nior High of St. John’s in the cross­over.

Cru­sader Sarah His­cock was named the tour­na­ment’s most valu­able player, while player-of-the-game nods for the Cru­saders went to His­cock, Michaela Case, Emily Kennedy and Mal­lory Gille­spie.

The Cru­saders fin­ished the year with 25 wins and 10 losses.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Mem­bers of the St. Fran­cis Lady Cru­saders girls’ bas­ket­ball team in­clude: Front (l-r) — Mal­lory Gille­spie, Meghan Lehr, Na­jaula Sparkes, Emily Kennedy and Jenelle Gillis; back — Bri­anna Roberts, Sarah His­cock, Gina Pynn, Re­becca Jack­man, Cai­ley Snow, Michaela Case and coach Ed Jarvis. Miss­ing from photo are Stephanie Slade and Shelby Oates.

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