NB Hoop News
High School Basketball News From The Province of New Brunswick, Canada
Welcome to the new home of NB Hoop News. This is an unofficial site, not associated with any official basketball association or school. This is just a fun place to see scores, results, friendly banter and hopefully rankings for AAA Varsity Girls & Boys, AA Varsity Girls & Boys, A Varsity Girls & Boys, as well as AAA/AA JV Girls & Boys.
2021 – 2022 NBIAA High School Basketball Season
Boys AAA Provincial Championship
The final game of the 2022 NBIAA Final 12 did not disappoint as the Moncton High School Purple Knights watched their 12 point fourth quarter lead dwindle in the down to 1 in the final moments. The Purple knights went 0/6 from the foul line in the final 10 seconds to give Bernice a chance with a half-court shot that rimmed out as time expired. The Purple Knights win 74 – 73 for their first boys basketball championship in school history. This was a great ending to an absolutely great weekend of high school basketball at the Final 12.
Moncton and Bernice MacNaughton went back and forth in the first quarter and when the buzzer sounded the Purple Knights held a 18 – 16 lead. The next ten minutes would be very close as well but Moncton outscored the Highlanders 17 – 14 in the period to give themselves a 35 – 30 lead at halftime.
The closeness of this game continued in the third quarter as Moncton scored 18 more points and the Highlanders added 17. With 10 minutes left to go, it was the Purple Knights 53 and the Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders 47. In the final period the crowd would be treated to the best finish of the weekend. Moncton managed to put a little space between themselves and BMHS as they grew their lead to 12 multiple times but then the Highlanders D and pressure made the floor shrink on the Purple Knights causing missed shots and turnovers. Jai Punna heated up for Bernice and nail a few key three pointers to cut into the lead and with the full court pressure on again Moncton fired a blind pass up the middle and in Punna’s hands again for a turnover and a wide open three pointer to cut the lead to 1. Moncton missed all 6 of their foul shots with less than 10 seconds remaining and on the final play of the game, Bernice MacNaughton launched a half court shot that just missed going in. Moncton take the win 74 – 73.
Moncton was led by their NBIAA Northeast AAA Boys Player of the Year and All-Star, Felly Njiyali, who scored 32 points, had 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 block for his double-double to earn Player of the Game honours for the Purple Knights. Chris Nicholson also collected a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin lee went 4 for 5 from three point land as he scored 12 and NBIAA Northeast All-Star Xander Anovert scored 10 points and nabbed 4 steals. For Bernice MacNaughton, Jai Punna went 6 for 9 from beyond the arc for 18 points to lead the way. Jack Orozco had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to earn player of the game for Bernice. Northeast All-Star, Caleb Velarde added 17 points and teammate Ethan Briand chipped in with 10 in a losing cause.
Congrats to the Moncton High School Purple Knights for their First ever High School Boys AAA Championship!!!
Girls AAA Provincial Championship
The Fredericton High School Black Kats pick up title #26 in AAA Girls basketball as they cruise to victory over the Moncton High School Purple Knights 83 – 47 at TD Station this afternoon in Saint John.
The first quarter was a close back and forth game early on, then the Kats went on a min run to take the first period 17 – 13. The game was decided in the 2nd quarter as the mighty Black Kats exploded for 31 points and help the Moncton girls to just 6. It was 48 – 19 at halftime.
The third quarter would be Moncton’s best as they dropped 17 points in the period. Fredericton scored 19 of their own to take the quarter by 2 and now their lead was 31 as they would head into the fourth, up 67 – 36. The final quarter would go to the Kats as well as they outpaced Moncton 16 – 11 for the 83 – 47 win and FHS laid claim to their 26th Provincial Banner.
Fredericton were led by their NBIAA Southwest AAA Girls Player of the Year and All-Star, Kristen Taylor, who scored 21 points, collected 8 rebounds and snagged 5 steals for Player of the game honours All-Star, Eavan McLaughlin added 17 points and 7 rebounds and their third All-Star, Addie Mombourquette chipped in with 16 points. For Moncton High it was their All-Star, Brooke Watson who scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds to pick up the Player of the game award. NBIAA Northeast AAA Girls Player of the Year, Lindsay Black also popped in 16 points for Moncton in a losing cause.
Congrats to Fredericton High School on the championship win!!
Boys A Provincial Championship
The Dalhousie Regional High School boys write themselves into history with their first even title in boys basketball as they take down the John Caldwell School Golden Knights 51 – 46 at TD Station in Saint John today.
The Condors controlled things out of the gate as John Caldwell could not solve the Condors’ full court 1-3-1 defence in the first quarter. Dalhousie Region led 12 – 5 after 10 minutes of play. The Condors continued with more of the same in the first half of the second period, but then John Caldwell found their stride. DRHS took the second 16 – 15 as they headed into halftime with a 28 – 20 advantage.
John Caldwell continued to find their game in the third as Dalhousie began to struggle. The Golden Knights outpaced the Condors 18 – 7 in the third and now it was John Caldwell with the lead 38 – 35 with just ten minutes left to play. In the fourth it would be Dalhousie that found their scoring touch again and they doubled JCS 16 – 8 in the final frame for the 51 – 46 victory, their first in school history for the boys program.
The Condors were led by NBIAA Northeast A All-Star, Kaleb Savoie, who dropped a game high 20 points. He also had 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Their other All-Star, Keifer Jerome, who was named Plater of the game for the Condors today, picked up 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals. John Caldwell were led by NBIAA Southwest A Player of the year and All-Star Caleb Beaulieu who scored 14 points and 3 assists in the game. Kayden Bryall contributed 12 points,11 boards and 3 blocks for the double-double .
Congrats Condors on your championship performance!!
Boys AA Provincial Championship
The final game of day 1 featured the Carleton North High School Stars and the Hartland Community School Huskies. These two teams were never more than 5 points apart until mid way through the 3rd quarter. That is when the Stars pulled away and never looked back as they win the Boys AA Championship 75 – 55 over the Hartland Huskies.
It did not take long for the both team to get going as each team was scoring early but then they both locked it down on D. Carleton North led after 10 minutes 16 – 15. The second quarter did nothing to create separation as they each put up 14 points and at the half it was CNHS 29 – HCS 28.
Hartland came out quickly in the Third and built a 5 point advance but that was when Carleton North started to turn it on. They exploded for a big run and took the third quarter 23 – 13 and led 52 – 41 after three quarters. The Stars continued their onslaught into the fourth as everything seemed to be falling for them as Hartland struggled from the field. Carleton North outscored the Huskies 22 – 13 in the fourth and they won the game 75 – 55 for the Provincial Championship.
Carleton North was led by Aidan Stone who scored 17 points and added 8 rebounds. NBIAA Southwest AA boys player of the year, Colby McIntosh scored 16 points,7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 seals. Alex White and Ashton Broad chipped in with 12 and 11 respectfully. The Huskies offense was powered by their NBIAA Southwest AA All-Star, Ethan Culbertson, who scored a game high 28 points and added 4 assists. Their big man, Brady Herbert scored 11 points and added 15 rebounds for a double-double.
in the end, the Ball movement and finishing around the rim for the Stars was their key to victory as the Huskies struggled with their shooting and had plenty of trouble taking care of the ball with 23 turnovers.
Congrats Stars on your Provincial Championship
Girls AA Provincial Championship
The Woodstock Thunder overcame a fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Rothesay High Redhawks 71 – 66 to win their 13th Girls AA championship. The Thunder found themselves down 3 entering the fourth but climbed back to overtake Rothesay in the final minutes.
The two teams got off to a slow start before Woodstock started to get a few shots to fall and the Thunder led by a score of 14 – 6 after ten minutes. The lead started to build but part way through the second quarter the Redhawks started to find their groove as Rothesay outscored Woodstock 20 – 15 in the period and Woodstock’s lead at halftime was 29 – 26.
Rothesay continued their run into the third quarter as the Hawks outpaced the Woodstock 22 – 16 in the third and now it was Rothesay that had the lead heading into the fourth as they were up 48 – 45. In the fourth, it would be Woodstock outscoring the Hawks 26 – 18 as the Thunder win the game and the championship 71 – 66.
Woodstock wed led by their player of the game Danielle Alexander who scored 22 points and collected 18 rebounds for the double-double. Haley Hemphill chipped in with 18 and 7 rebounds, while Charley Jones contributed 13 points in the winning cause. For Rothesay, it was grade 9 standout and RHS player of the game, Neve Pearson as she scored a game high 30 points and grabbed 9 boards. NBIAA Southwest AA player of the year, Grace Tilley added 22 points for the Redhawks.
Congrats to the Thunder on the Championship Win!!
Girls A Provincial Championship
The Southern Victoria Vikings claim their first Provincial Championship since 1984 as they hold off the Canterbury Celtics in a great opening game of the NBIAA Final 12 at TD Station on Friday afternoon. The Vikings won 62 – 58.
Southern Victoria got off to a slow start as they fell behind 8 – 0 the start the first quarter but they went to work to tie it at 10 before Canterbury grabbed a slim 16 – 14 lead after 10 minutes. The second quarter was all Southern Vic as they began to dominate the boards and control the game. Viking take the quarter 21 – 9 and headed into halftime with a 35 – 25 advantage.
Canterbury found some life in the third the their fans helped to energize them to a 17 – 9 advantage in the quarter and we headed to the fourth quarter with the Vikings leading 44 – 42. The final frame was a back and forth affair with the Celtics grabbing a 4 point lead at one point but with overtime looking like a possibility, Southern Victoria hit some key shots and grabbed some important rebounds. Southern Vic won the quarter 18 – 16 and the game 62 – 58.
Southern Victoria’s rebounding advantage allowed them to get 99 shots off, compared to 69. Southern Victoria were led by Ainsley Green with 22 points, and player of the game Allyson Dickson who added 15 points and 14 boards to collect the double-double. Canterbury were led by their player of the game, Kyla Jewett who scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Aly Dickison scored 13, while Tanika Pawsey added 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Congratulations to the Southern Victoria Vikings for their Championship performance.
Final 12 Previews
The last game of our 2022 Final 12 features an all Moncton, city rivalry battle between the Highlanders and Purple Knights. This contest could be in the running for one of the closest of the weekend and what a way to cap off this 2021-2022 basketball season. These two are familiar with each other and they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Could be an instant classic.
The AAA Boys Championship game will have the #4 Bernice MacNaughton up against the #2 ranked Moncton High. Bernice MacNaughton is here for the third year in a row fighting for the championship. They have 1 title in their history and will hope to make this number 2. Moncton are looking for their first title on the boys’ side and they would love nothing more than to make history against their city rivals. We will have Moncton’s size and offense against Bernice’s Speed and defense
The Highlanders will look to their All-Stars, Jack Orozco and Caleb Velarde to lead them in their fight for the Championship. Moncton High will need big games from their two All-Stars, Felly Njilayi and Xander Anovert to rally their Purple Knights to victory. Coach Smith will have his troops ready to compete, how will they respond?
Moncton High and Bernice MacNaughton have played three times this season so far. Moncton High defeated Bernice MacNaughton 62 – 57 on December 4th at Moncton High School. On February 9th, the Highlanders hosted the Purple Knights and defeated them 63 – 52. In their final meeting it was the Purple Knight who won in a large way, with a 92 – 56. The teams were not running at full capacity in the last one. When these two lock horns at TD Station on Saturday evening in Saint John we should expect to see a great match, and perhaps it could be the game of the weekend.
Bernice MacNaughton come in as the #4 ranked AAA team. They play out of the Eastern Conference. The Highlanders finished 2nd in the East, which gave them a direct path into the sectional weekend. Bernice MacNaughton had just one team standing in their way, it was the #1 ranked Rothesay High RedHawks. The Highlanders needed to travel to Rothesay for the elimination game, with the winner moving on to TD Station. The Bernice boy went into the “Nest” and jumped out in front and time and time again they denied the Rothesay comeback. Bernice pulled away for the 87 – 75 win and they move on to play the Moncton Purple Knights for the provincial title.
Moncton High enter this game as the #2 ranked team in the province. The Purple Knights also play out of the Eastern Conference, where they finished first after the Covid restart. The number 1 seed in the Northeast meant that the Purple Knights would be hosting their Northeast Sectional where the loser goes home, and the winner moves on to the Final 12. Their dance partners for the sectional final would be the #3 ranked Fredericton High Black Kats. FHS headed to Moncton a little banged up and the Purple Knights eliminated the Black Kats with a 79 – 66 win. Moncton will head to TD Station in search of their first championship title. The Moncton Bowl will get underway at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening at TD Station in Saint John. These teams know each other better than any other teams competing this weekend. Bernice MacNaughton looks like a team that is built for TD Station with their elite defense and transition scoring. Moncton will likely go as far as their big man will take them. Please don’t miss this game, it will likely come down to the final 3 or 4 minutes to decide a winner. It will either be a first-time winner, or a second in three tries. Who do you have?
Welcome to the fifth game of the Final 12 Championship weekend. This is game gives us the only team that is defending their title, the Fredericton High School Black Kats. This game is also a rematch of the last AAA Girls Championship game. Fredericton are looking to make it four championships in a row and the Purple Knights are looking to avenge their loss from two years ago, when this game was last played due to Covid-19 cancelling last season. Sit back and watch the best two girls teams in the province go head to head.
Here we are getting #2 Moncton High School Purple Knights versus the #1 Fredericton High School Black Kats. Moncton has claimed the biggest prize in basketball on three occasions, however it has been 39 long years since their last banner in the 1982-1983 season. On the contrary, Fredericton has 25 titles in their history with runs of 9 in a row and 8 in a row along the way. The Kats have won three in a row and will look to make it four this year, but the Knights will have other plans.
Moncton will look to their two All-Stars, Lindsay Black and Brooke Watson to lead the charge on the floor as NBIAA Coach of the Year Troy Mackenzie hopes to coach the Purple Knights to victory. Fredericton will be led by a trio of All-Stars as they try to make it four in a row. Eavan McLaughlin (Committed to Memorial University), Kristen Taylor (Committed to Cape Breton University) and grade 11 standout Addie Mombourquette all hope to help lead their Black Kats to another Championship.
Moncton and Fredericton have played two times this year, but they were both in November. On November 14th, the Black Kats won 82 – 40. A week later they played again and this one ended with another FHS win, 87 – 63. These are the undisputed top teams in the province and Moncton has only lost to Fredericton and FHS has not lost.
Moncton High School comes in ranked #2 as they have almost all season long. They play out of the Eastern Conference and won that with a perfect record. The Eastern Conference play does not require a regional tournament, so Moncton’s first place and #1 seed in the Northeast game them a home game for the Northeast Sectional. Their opponent would be the #3 ranked Leo Hayes High School Lions. With a trip to TD on the line, the Purple Knights defeated the Lions from Leo Hayes 56 – 36 to give themselves a chance to go back and get another shot at the Black Kats.
The #1 Fredericton High School Black Kats play out of the Western Conference where they went 2 – 0 to claim top spot in the Conference and host the Regional Semi-Final. In the elimination game with the South #2, St. Malachy’s High School Saints, the Kats defended home court, and sent the Saints marching home as FHS won 79 – 58 win. Fredericton would welcome #3 Leo Hayes for the Regional Final and the Black Kats took care of business with a 78 – 41 win. That “W” gave the Kats a home game for the Southwest Section to determine who advances to TD Station. Their opponents would be the #7 ranked Mathieu-Martin Vedettes. EMM were no match for Fredericton here as FHS win it in a walk, 109 – 36 and will move on to defend their title against the Moncton High Purple Knights. It is often said that you only need to win one time, or the last game is the only one that matters. The question is, “On any one day, if we do everything to the best of our abilities and give our best effort for 40 minutes can we win?” If the Purple Knights ask themselves this question, what will the answer be? FHS appear to be the favourites, but there is a reason you must play these games. This could be a beauty.
The 1:00 PM game on day 2, Saturday, is when we get our first look at a team from the Northeast in this year’s Final 12. The fly under the radar Dalhousie Regional High School Condors come to TD Station to battle the John Caldwell School Golden Knights. The two Single A finalist from our last Final 12 both entered the AA division, and the top two seeds from our rankings are nowhere in sight either. The Single A division is the largest in the province and getting here is tough enough, but now these two schools will look to complete their stories.
We have the #9 ranked Dalhousie Regional High School Condors versus the #3 ranked John Caldwell School Golden Knights from Grand Falls for the Single A Championship on Saturday at 1:00 PM. 8 of the last 9 Champions have either been Hartland or Harvey and both are in AA this year. Dalhousie has never won a boys’ championship so they will look to write some history this weekend. John Caldwell has won the big game; it was back in 1992-93. The Golden Knights want to bring the banner back to grand Falls for the first time in 29 years.
Dalhousie will look to their two All-Stars to bring them to glory. Keifer Jerome and Kaleb Savoie will be the two players to keep an eye on for the Condors in this title game. John Caldwell has a pair of all-Stars themselves with Caleb Beaulieu and Caden Perley leading things all season long for the Golden Knights. This may come down to the deeper, healthier team.
Dalhousie Region, ranked #9 in the province but have been a relative unknown for most of the year. The Condors play out of the Northern Conference. They defeated a shorthanded Stanley team twice in mid-February to claim top spot in the North as a few schools pulled the plug on their seasons in the conference. They did manage a win in November over AA Bathurst but then the Phantoms blew them out in early February. Let’s look at how the Condors made it to TD Station. In the Northeast Regional semi-final, the Condors hosted the #2 ranked Petitcodiac Regional High School Panthers. We predicted the Panthers to win but we were very wrong, the Condors won 68 – 46. With that win, Dalhousie would get to host the #1 ranked JMA Armstrong Cougars from Salisbury. Once again, we said they would lose and again the Condors proved us wrong in a big way, defeating the Cougars 76 – 42. That victory gave Dalhousie hosting responsibilities for the Northeast Sectional with a trip to the Final 12 on the line. Their opponents would be the #5 ranked Nackawic Senior High School Nighthawks. This time we said that they would win and win they did, 92 – 61 over Nackawic and earned a trip to TD Station and will look to win one more game.
The #3 ranked John Caldwell School Golden Knights play out of the Western Conference. JCS grabbed first place in the regular season with a perfect record. Their closes competition in the West was Nackawic who the Knights defeated 70 – 58. In the Western Conference Playoffs Golden Knights would end up as the #1 seed from the West and Nackawic would be the #2 seed. In the Regional semi-final, the Golden Knights hosted #6 Sir James Dunn Academy and John Caldwell won 78 – 46 to end the Algonquins’ season. In the Regional Final, the Golden Nights defeated the Nackawic Nighthawks 57 – 45. With that win, John Caldwell would host the Southwest Sectional for the right to play for the Championship at TD Station. Their opponents would be the top ranked JMA Armstrong Cougars. In what was thought to be a close game, JCS made a big statement with an 88 – 49 victory and booked their ticket to Saint John to play in the title game.
This awesome game will kickstart day two and it is sure to be a dandy. They have not met this season, but they both blew out the #1 team to get here. Will John Caldwell find their way back to the top for the first time in 29 years or will the Condors give Dalhousie their first ever basketball banner in this division. 1:00 PM this Saturday, be there, you may witness history.
The nightcap on day one must be considered the most likely to entertain. One of these teams is a single A school that has been here competing for single A titles for the last few years and made the jump to compete in AA ball this season. The other has a few banners hanging in their gym. I would advise against leaving the early or thinking that this will not be one of the greatest games of the weekend. Make sure you are here for this one when it tips off at 6:00 PM on Friday night.
The AA Boys Championship game will see the #2 ranked Carleton North High School stars and the #1 Hartland Community School Huskies go toe to toe for 40 minutes or more in the biggest game of the year under the brightest lights. Carleton North has 5 AA titles with the last coming 6 years ago. These guys are always competitive, but they feel like their time is now. Hartland has been regulars at the station the last few years competing for single A titles. The last time they were here they lost, the year before that, they won. They know how it feel to be on both sides of the decision, but these Huskies are on a mission as they compete for a AA title that they believe is within their reach. Buckle up.
Carleton North will be led into TD Station by their All-Star Colby McIntosh. He is surrounded by plenty of grit and fire power from his Stars teammates. The Hartland Huskies are led by Ethan Culbertson who is also a Southwest All-Star. These two well coached teams will be fun to watch.
Hartland and Carleton North have met each other 4 times on the court this season and we will need this fifth game to determine the better team. The season opener saw the #10 Ranked Huskies host and defeat the #3 Carleton North boys 81 – 74. The February 20th game in Florenceville-Bristol went to the Stars as they won a close on 56 – 52. Their final meeting of the year before playoff began was a game that would determine first place in the Western Conference. Hartland hosted the stars and beat them 69 – 46 to take the game and first place in the conference. At the Regional finals, held in Hartland, the Huskies did not have an answer for the Carleton North team as the Stars won 69 – 60. One more game, for all the marbles coming up on Friday night.
Carleton North comes into the Championship as the #2 team. The finished second in the Western Conference and drew a very tough opponent in the Harvey High Lakers for their regional elimination game. The Stars emerged victorious as they pulled away from the Lakers in the fourth to secure the win at Harvey High School. The Stars moved on to the regional final where they won that 69 – 60 game over the Hartland Huskies to earn the right to host the Southwest Sectional and send Hartland on the road for their sectional. CNHS hosted the tough Bathurst Phantoms in the Southwest Section and defeated the Bathurst boys 88 – 69 to advance to TD Station for the Final 12 Championship game.
Hartland is the top ranked team in AA. Their path to TD Station was not an easy one either. The Huskies finished first in the Western Conference and hosted the 2nd seed from the South, former #1 Hampton High School Huskies. They Huskey Bowl would be an elimination game between two teams that were #1 ranked at some point this season. Hampton did not have an answer on this day as the Hartland boys won by 20, 72 – 52. Hartland moved on to host the regional final but lost that one to Carleton North 69 – 60. That lost meant that the Huskies had to head into Miramichi to play the Pulamoo in the Northeast Sectional with the winner moving on to TD Station. Miramichi Valley could not stay with the high-powered Hartland Huskies as HCS won it 81 – 58. On to TD Station they go.
For the fifth time this season these two will head into battle. They have each won 2 times, but those game will mean nothing on Friday night. On Friday night these two teams will leave it all on the floor for however long it takes to determine a winner for this is a chance to do something very special together. Like Michael Buffer says, “Let’s get ready to rumble!!”
The second game of day one for the NBIAA Final 12 looks like a heavyweight championship bout. Two years ago, it was the Fundy High Mariners that captured the AA Girls crown for their first in school history. The previous 8 champions were either the Rothesay High RedHawks or the Woodstock High Thunder. Rothesay’s win three years ended a five-year run for Woodstock and Woodstock began that run by ruining Rothesay’s chances for a three-peat. If the tone is going to be set with the single A opening game, this will surely amp things up at the Station.
It will be #2 Rothesay High versus #1 Woodstock High for the AA Girls Championship game on Friday afternoon. The Woodstock High School Thunder have won the AA title 12 times with the latest coming in 4 years ago. Rothesay High school have won the title 3 times and they last won the crown three years ago in 2018-19.
The Rothesay High team will be led by their All-Star, Grace Tilley. Tilley will look to use her BNB Provincial team experience to carry her school to victory. Woodstock will be led by All-Stars Danielle Alexander and Haley Hemphill. How will these team matchup and lock down the other team’s stars?
Rothesay and Woodstock have played each other four times this season, with the Thunder taking all four. A tournament round robin game was their first meeting (67-45), then it was tournament championships for the 2nd (71-64) and 3rd (70-61) meeting. The final time that they met was the regional final in the southwest. Woodstock won that game 77-71.
Rothesay High, ranked #2 in the province for AA teams, play out of the very tough Southern Conference. They finished the regular season with a perfect league record. They took care of Fundy, Harvey, and St. Stephen along the way. Rothesay would play St. Stephen in the playoffs, and won 69 – 32 to move on. Harvey defeated Fundy in the other semi-final for the conference but then health protocol issues ended things for Harvey and St. Stephen moved on to the regionals as Fundy we unable to compete as well. Rothesay would host Carleton North and the Hawks won 70 – 26 to move onto the regional final against Woodstock. The Thunder took that game 77 – 71 and forced Rothesay to head to Miramichi for the Northeast Sectional. Rothesay dug themselves a hole in that game and were down 14 against the Pulamoo before they launched their comeback which was sealed by a Neve Pearson bucket late in the fourth. Rothesay won 48 – 47 to avoid the upset and earn their way back to TD Station.
Woodstock have been the top AA Girls team all season long. They play in the Western Conference and had a perfect regular season record to finish first in the West. The Thunder would take their #1 seed in the west and host St. Stephen in the regional semi-final. The Spartans were able to compete and make a game of it but the Thunder won 77 – 52 to move on to the regional final against Rothesay. This exciting game would go to the Thunder as they won at home 77 – 71 to earn the right to host the Southwest Sectional. The #5 ranked James M Hill Tommies would be their opponent for this game and with a trip to TD Station on the line, the Woodstock High School Thunder defeated JMH 85 – 47 and will now take their undefeated record against AA competition to the Final 12 to complete their quest. You are going to want to be at TD Station for this 3:30 game on Friday, March 11th as these two will renew their spirited rivalry for the 5th time this year with the greatest prize on the line. Which team will have their “forever moment” when the dust settles?
The thing that we know about this game is that when the final buzzer sounds, one of these two teams will end a 30+ year drought. This will be the first Final 12 game to be played in 2 years and the players, parents, coaches, and fans will all be super excited to get this one underway at 1:00 PM on Friday afternoon, at TD Station in Saint John.
The Single A Girls Championship game will feature the #2 ranked Canterbury High School Celtics and the #1 Southern Victoria High School Vikings of Perth Andover. Canterbury has 3 Single A titles which came in the form of a three-peat, with the last coming in the 1989-90 season. Southern Victoria have won the top prize just one time, it was in the 1983 – 84 season, 38 years ago. These two foes play in the same conference, played in the conference final, met in the regional final, and will now get set to dance one last time on the biggest stage yet.
Canterbury will be led by their All-stars Meghan Hume and Kyla Jewett. The Southern Victoria girls will be powered by their own pair of All-Stars, Allyson Dickson and Olivia Fillmore. These matchups will be great to watch on Friday.
Canterbury and Southern Victoria have played four times this season. The Vikings took both regular season league games, 86 – 53 on November 14th and 94 – 69 on November 30th. They would meet in the West final to determine the #1 seed from the West. The Viking would take that game as well. These two would play again for the regional final. Canterbury won that game 69 – 61.
The #2 ranked Canterbury Celtics play out of the Western Conference. The Celtics finished 2nd in the west, behind the Southern Victoria Vikings. With the Covid outbreak and health protocols the playoff format for the West was a little different this year. Canterbury would defeat Hartland 85 – 46 in their first playoff game. The Celtics then played John Caldwell and knocked them off 84 – 36. Next the Celtics would drop the seeding game to determine the #1 and #2 seeds from the West. With that loss, Canterbury would have to travel to Campobello Island to play in the regional semi-final. The Celtics won 101 – 56 to punch their ticket to the regional final to see who would host the Southwest Sectional and who would head to the Northeast sectional. This time the Celtics would defeat the Southern Vic girls 69 – 61. That win gave Canterbury a home game for the Southwest regional and they would welcome the #4 ranked Caledonia Tigers to town for the right to play at TD Station. The Celtics won the game 88 – 51 and off to the Final 12 they go.
Southern Victoria is the #1 ranked team in single A Girls basketball in New Brunswick. Like Canterbury, the Vikings play out of the western conference. The Vikes finished first in the regular season and posted a perfect record in league play. In the playoffs they would defeat Tobique Valley 79 – 14 to earn the right to play Canterbury for the top seed in the west. Southern Victoria would come out of that with the top seed. Due to health/travel restrictions for Grand Manan, John Caldwell would take the 2nd seed from the South (as the third seed from the west) and be the opponent for SVHS in the Regional semi-final. Southern Victoria would win that game 100 – 23 to put them in the regional final with Canterbury. In this game the Vikings would lose to the Celtics and that would send Southern Vic to the Northeast sectional game. They would need a win on the road against JMA Armstrong to get to TD Station for a rematch with Canterbury. Southern Victoria eliminate JMA with the 76 – 60 win in Salisbury to move on to play at TD Station. Canterbury…Southern Victoria…round 5. This is going to be a great way to set the tone for the Final 12, one of these teams is ending a long championship drought – who is it going to be?