Lightning strike gold in Saint John

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The Pictou County Lightning bantam girl’s basketball team defeated the Acadia Junior Axewomen 55-51 to win the KVBA Slammers Invitational last weekend. Back row from left: Andy MacKay (coach), Sara O’Neil, Sabrina Snyder, Riley Sood, Jordyn MacMillan, Abbie Delaney, Aliya Fraser and Lyndsay MacKinnon (assistant coach). Front row from left: Lucia MacKay, Karielle Floyd, Courtney Smith and Hayley Earle. Missing: Katelyn Biron.

The Pictou County Lightning bantam girl’s basketball team captured the KVBA Slammers Invitational Tournament in Saint John, N.B. this past weekend. 

The tournament showcased top Division 1 bantam girl’s teams from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. 

In the opening game Pictou County defeated Riverview 38-36. Player of the game Riley Sood paced the Lightning with a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Courtney Smith and Lucia MacKay chipped in with 10 and six points respectively. Sara O’Neil put in a solid effort at both ends of the court and was awarded the hustle award.

Against the Halifax Metro League leading Acadia Junior Axewomen in their second game, Pictou County lost to the Axewomen 53-47. Smith captured player of the game honours with 18 points and nine rebounds. Sood added 16 points, while Aliya Fraser played a solid game hauling in nine rebounds and was the hustle award winner.

They earned a trip to the tournament final with a 53-44 win over the Saint Margaret’s Bay Slam. Sood led the Lightning with 23 points, while Abbie Delaney was awarded player of the game with a strong 11-point performance. MacKay, the hustle award winner, and Smith each added six points.

The tournament championship saw a rematch between the Lightning and the top-ranked Junior Axewomen, which the Lightning won 55-51.

Sood was awarded the player of the game award with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Smith contributed 10 points and Delaney scored six, including key free throws in the final minutes. MacKay earned the hustle award with her tenuous defence.

Coach Andy MacKay and assistant coach Lyndsay MacKinnon said they were proud of the contribution from all of the players and the solid team approach throughout the tournament. 

This was the first tournament championship for the newly formed Pictou County Lightning Basketball Club.

Organizations: Halifax Metro League, Pictou County Lightning Basketball Club

Geographic location: Pictou County, Saint John, New Brunswick Nova Scotia Saint Margaret

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