Laval High win AAA tournament
Victory against Baltimore earns Placentia school championship banner
Laval High came out on top during the recent School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador AAA girls’ basketball tournament.
The final game was on Saturday, March 18, where Laval shared the Elwood High court in Deer Lake with Baltimore School from Ferryland. It ended with a score of 80-56 for Laval, giving the Placentia school a provincial title.
This wasn’t the first time Laval met Baltimore on the court that weekend, however. The previous morning the two schools had a much closer game. Laval came out on top in that game as well, though, with a final score of 5956.
Melanie Whyte, Laval High’s coach, said the team worked hard leading up to the tournament, and that she was proud to see how well everyone played.
“During the last two weeks leading up to (the tournament), we’ve been in the gym practicing anywhere between four to five times a week just to work on all the little things the girls wanted to work on, which definitely helped in the long run,” said Whyte.
Carbonear Collegiate placed fourth overall in the tournament, having lost their first game on Friday against Elwood High 64-49. However, they came back later that day against Lewisporte Collegiate, winning 64-34, and again Saturday morning against Menihek High with a final score of 59-24.
Laval High and Carbonear Collegiate both shared the court Saturday afternoon, with Laval beating Carbonear by a close score of 47-43.
Brooklyn McCarthy won the Individual Sportsmanship award for Laval High. Brianna Meadus of Carbonear Collegiate was also presented with the award.
Laval girls’ basketball team with their championship banner. (Front, from left) Kendra Whyte, Lauren Kelly, Abby Gambin, Robyn Culleton, Amber Barron; (back) Mackenzie Leonard-Power, Emily O’Keefe, Brooklyn McCarthy, Hillary Neville, Emily Foley, Melanie Whyte, Laura Lawes.