The Shelburne Regional High Junior girls finished second in the Hebbville Invitational Basketball tournament, finishing 2-1 during the weekend, losing to perennial powerhouse West Hants in the championship game 31-20.
The team opened the tournament with a thrilling 28-26 victory over host Hebbville Academy. The game was tight from the opening tip. Clutch free throws and a timely block by MVP Brooke Acker secured the victory for the Rebels. Leading scorer was Tatum Arcon with 11.
In game two of round robin play, Shelburne defeated New Glasgow 36-21. Aided by a solid contribution by the bench, the team was able to grow a double-digit lead and hold it through the second half of the game. Game MVP was Tatum Arcon.
In the championship game, the team was paced by game MVP Felicia Townsend’s clutch shooting. Behind 18-2 after the first quarter, the Rebels outscored the West Hants team 18-13 in the final three quarters in what proved to be a very strong showing for the team.
“West Hants is a great shooting team and they were able to expose our defense during the opening minutes. After some defensive changes on the fly, we were able to take away their open looks and keep the game competitive until the final whistle. I am very proud of the girls. They continue to improve and evolve into a better team, which is all you can ask for as a coach. They are a smart group and very supportive of each other: they should do well at Districts in mid February.” said Coach Josh Brown.
The team has a record of 10-2 with the Lockeport Invitational Tournament (Jan. 17, 18) and a pair of home games against Maple Grove (Jan. 22, 4:30pm) and Drumlin Heights (Jan. 23 4:30pm) left on the schedule before taking a break for exam week. To find out when the girls play in February, email firstname.lastname@example.org for schedule updates.