Top girls and boys teams tip off in Grade 8 basketball Tournament of Champions
Tina Peplinskie/Daily Observer The Equinoxe Patriotes finished second in the Renfrew County Grade 8 girls basketball tournament at Opeongo recently. Team members (from left) are Jade Tangway, Shaye Close, Chloe Fitch, Aurélie Assémien, Kyana Bourdon Murphy, Ciella Fitch, coach Efila Belibi, Reegan Felhaber and Isabelle Plourde.
DOUGLAS – The Equinoxe Patriotes finished second in Renfrew County Grade 8 girls basketball tournament held at Opeongo High School on May 1.
Going into the Tournament of Champions, which featured the top three girls and boys teams from the East and West divisions of the Renfrew County Elementary Interscholastic Athletic Association, Equinoxe was the third placed team in the West. The Patriotes lost the final game 34-22 against St. Joseph's Catholic School in Arnprior, which went into the tournament as the top ranked girls team from the East.
In the girls final, St. Joe's jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, which forced Equinoxe to call a timeout. By the half, the Patriotes had closed the gap and trailed 18-12.
Chloe Fitch led Equinoxe with eight points, including two free throws. Also contributing on the scoreboard for the Patriotes were Aurélie Assémien and Shaye Close with six points each and Isabelle Plourde with two points.
In the semifinal, Equinoxe beat the Highview Hawks 26-14. Highview was the top-ranked West girls team going into the tournament. Once again Fitch led the charge for the Patriotes with 10 points, Close had nine points including one free throw, Assémien sunk five points including a free throw and Kyana Bourdon Murphy added four points.
In the quarter-final round, Equinoxe beat Walter Zadow Public School (second in the East) 19-16. Assémien led the Patriotes with eight points, Fitch scored seven and Bourdon Murphy added four.
In a friendly match to start the day, Equinoxe doubled St. Joe's 36-18. Bourdon Murphy led the Patriotes offence with 12 points, followed by Close and Fitch who scored eight points each and Plourde added a basket.
In the second girls semifinal, St. Joe's beat the Bishop Smith Crusaders (second in the West) 20-12. Kaitlyn Gage led the Crusaders with four points.
In the quarter-final, Bishop Smith edged St. Michael's Catholic School Douglas (third in the East) 14-12. Abi Crossman led the Crusaders with 10 points including two free throws and Claire Edmonds had four points.
In a friendly contest to start the day, the Highview Hawks beat St. Mike's 30-10. Malaia Morris led the Hawks with 14 points, Yulyen Fraser had eight points and scoring two points each in the win were Alexis Russell, Yulia Hooper and Kylie Rieger.
On the boys side, the Highview Hawks, which went into the tournament as the top-ranked boys team in the West, lost in the semifinal 41-31 to St. Joseph's Catholic School Arnprior, which was ranked second in the East. Jarobi Morris led the Highview offence with 18 points in the loss while Kosta Kastanias had four points and Keegan Kutchaw added three points.
In a friendly game to start the day, the Hawks edged Walter Zadow Public School (third in the East) 20-17. Kutchaw and Kastanias scored six points each while Morris and Owen Ellis added four points each.
In a friendly match to start the day, the Bishop Smith Crusaders (third in the West) lost 24-8 to the St. Joe's Catholic High School Jaguars from Renfrew. In the quarter-final, the Crusaders were edged 27-26 by St. Joe's Arnprior. In the second quarter-final, the Valour Voyageurs (second in the West) lost 26-20 against Walter Zadow.
The Jaguars beat Walter Zadow 27-24 in the semifinal.
In the boys final, the St. Joe's Jaguars beat St. Joe's Arnprior 24-20 to claim the Grade 8 boys Renfrew County basketball championship.