Avon View’s girls’ basketball team hopeful for provincial berth

Dan Boyd
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In Wednesday evening's Western Zone Division 1 girls’ basketball game between the Yarmouth Vikings and the Avon View Avalanche, a victory guaranteed the winner a provincial qualifier game the weekend of Feb. 22-23 in either Truro or Antigonish.

The winning team would also get to face the Horton High Griffins Friday, Feb. 14, with the winning team advancing directly to the Nova Scotia championship tournament.

Avon View defeated Yarmouth 62-54 Feb. 12 to earn the chance at a provincial championship berth.

However, they failed to beat Horton, and will be competing this weekend for another chance to make it to the provincials.

 

 

Wednesday game highlights

Avon View High School opened Sept. 29, 2004 and this will mark the first time that the senior girls’ basketball team has even remotely came close to a provincial championship berth.

Following the huge victory over Yarmouth, Avalanche head coach Jim Bryan paid credit to the Windsor-West Hants Shooting Stars minor basketball program.

“The Shooting Stars program is the largest, by number, minor basketball program in the Valley,” he said.

“The young players on the team do not understand the magnitude of what is transpiring.  It is not lost on me, or the veteran players. This is a huge step for Avon View basketball,” he said, noting they will only be losing two players to graduation this year.

In Wednesday's game, the Avalanche jumped in front early 20-7 before the Vikings fought back to make it 33-26 at the half.

Haley Guild began the second half with a 15-foot jump shot to put the Avalanche up 35-26 before Yarmouth went on a 5-0 run to close the gap to 35-31.  The teams kept exchanging baskets until Mikayla States began showing her impressive three-point shooting skills.

With 30 seconds left in the third, Avon View sank a two-pointer to tie the game at 42 before States sank a clutch three-point shot, her second of the quarter to give the Avalanche a 45-42 lead entering the fourth.

Leslie Greenough sunk a perfect 15-foot shot to start the fourth quarter before States connected on her third three-point shot of the second half to put Avon View in front 50-42.  This was all part of a 13-0 run by the Avalanche, which Bryan described as the turning point in the game.

Jesse Miller connected on a three-point shot to put Avon View up 55-42 to conclude the 13-0 run.

Yarmouth cut the lead to 58-54 with 54 seconds to play in the final quarter, making for a few anxious moments before a huge crowd in the Avon View gymnasium.

States, who is a rookie on the team, then added a basket and went two for two from the foul line to make the final 62-54.

“When the game was on the line you could just see that she refused to let the game slip away and took the game into her own hands.  Pretty impressive night for her; cannot say enough about it,” said Bryan following the win.

 

 

Friday game highlights

As for the game Friday, Feb. 14 at Horton, the powerful Griffins slammed the Avalanche 83-44.

Avon View had a dismal shooting day from the floor, connecting on only 15 of 62 shots for a 22 per cent shooting percentage. Horton shot slightly below 50 per cent, making 34 of 76 shots.

Avon View was only one for 17 in the first quarter and did not get on the scoreboard until there was 4:17 left. Horton led 27-4 after one quarter, 51-18 at the half and 70-26 after three quarters before finally relenting somewhat in the final quarter.

Miller was the top scorer for the Avalanche with 12 points, and States added 11.

 

Organizations: Avon View Avalanche, Yarmouth Vikings, Western Zone Division Avon View High School Windsor-West Hants Shooting Stars

Geographic location: Avon View, Yarmouth, Truro Antigonish Nova Scotia

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