Nova Scotia defeated Saskatchewan 59-50 in a close-fought bronze medal game at the 15U women’s basketball championships, held in Newfoundland last week.
Playing on the women’s team were Valley residents Maria Rodrigues and Jayda Veinot, who chipped in two points each in Nova Scotia’s Aug. 9 victory, and Maia Timmons.
Nova Scotia’s women’s team was on a winning streak at the tournament, defeating Alberta Aug. 5 67-27, aided by six points from Veinot and five from Rodrigues, and trouncing PEI 70-25 in a game that saw Veniot add 10 points to the scoresheet, while Rodrigues added four points and Timmons added five.
In the first playoff game Aug. 7, Nova Scotia defeated Manitoba 72-54, with Veinot picking up 12 points, Rodrigues six and Timmons three. In the semi-finals Aug. 9, Nova Scotia had their only loss to Ontario. In that match-up, which Ontario won 64-46, Rodrigues had two points for Nova Scotia.
Men’s team falls short
In the men’s 15U National Championships action, Keevan Veinot represented the Valley on Team Nova Scotia, but the team fell short of securing a spot in the finals.
Keevan Veinot picked up two assists in Nova Scotia’s 80-49 win over Saskatchewan in opening play Aug. 5. The next day, Nova Scotia went on to defeat the Territories 90-30.
Nova Scotia had its first loss in playoff action against Manitoba on Aug. 8, 71-61, but came back with a narrow victory and defeated Saskatchewan 87-83 the following day. Nova Scotia ended the tournament in fifth place with a 91-78 victory over New Brunswick, aided by two points from Keevan Veinot.