Minor basketball teams from Kings County and Hantsport earned a total of 12 medals – five gold, four silver and two bronze – at the recent Basketball Nova Scotia provincial tournaments.
Besides the Valley Junior Axewomen bantam girls’ team, which captured gold on their home court in Greenwich, other local teams earning gold included the KMBA D-4 bantam girls, the Acadia D-5 mini boys, the Hantsport D-5 mini boys and the Greenwood D-5 mini girls.
At the D-4 bantam girls’ provincials March 28-30, it was an all-Kings County final, with the KMBA Gators topping Acadia 31-26. The Kings Minor squad finished undefeated at 6-0, while Acadia was second at 4-1.
At the D-3 mini boys’ provincials March 21-23 in Halifax, Acadia went 5-1 to capture gold, topping Community Y 37-34 in the final. A Port Williams team also participated, finishing with a 2-3 record.
At the D-5 mini boys’ provincials in Windsor, Hantsport went undefeated at 5-0 to win gold, defeating St.. Margaret’s Bay Junior Slam 43-30 in the final. A Kings Minor team also played, finishing with a 0-3 record.
At the D-5 mini girls’ provincials, also in Windsor, Greenwood went 4-1 en route to the gold medal, defeating Pictou 31-25 in the championship.
Other local teams taking silver medals included the Acadia D-2 mini girls, the Kentville D-1 midget girls, the Kentville D-4 mini boys and the KMBA D-3 mini girls.
At the D-2 mini girls’ provincials in East Dartmouth, Acadia went 2-2 in the round robin to reach the championship, only to bow 34-21 to Oxford.
At the D-1 midget girls’ provincials, Kentville went 2-1 in the round robin. In the final against East Preston, Kentville lost 63-45.
At the D-4 mini boys’ provincials, Kentville went 3-1 in the round robin before dropping a 53-42 decision to the Shooting Stars B team from Windsor in the final.
At the D-3 mini girls’ provincials in Halifax, KMBA settled for silver with a 4-1 record. The Gators fell 35-32 to CBA Tigers in the championship game. Hantsport was also in the field, finishing 2-2.
A Valley team was part of the field for the juvenile AAA girls’ provincials Apr. 4-6 in Halifax and came home with the bronze after topping Amherst 75-51.
The Acadia D-4 mini girls topped Community Y from Halifax 32-26 to win bronze at their provincials hosted by Acadia in Wolfville and Gaspereau.
A number of other Kings County teams competed at their respective provincials, but failed to medal. Coming the closest were the KMBA D-4A mini boys, who made it to the bronze medal game only to drop a 44-41 decision to Bedford.
The KMBA Gators finished at 2-2 at the D-3 bantam girls’ provincials. Port Williams finished at 2-1 at the same tournament, but also failed to advance to the medal round.
The KMBA D-2 bantam girls, Acadia D-2 bantam boys, Acadia D-3 bantam boys and KMBA D-4 bantam boys all finished with 1-3 records at provincials. Kings Minor also had a team at the D-1 juvenile boys’ provincials Apr. 4-6 in Dartmouth, but were winless in three games.