Maria Rodrigues, left, Jayda Veinot and Maia Timmons pose with their bronze medals at the conclusion of the U-15 girls’ nationals Aug. 10 in St. John’s, NL. The Nova Scotia U-15 boys, with Keevan Veinot on the roster, finished fifth in their tournament. - Submitted
By John DeCoste
Nova Scotia may be a small province, but the U-15 girls’ basketball team maybe people “start realizing we’ve got game,” says Jayda Veinot.
The Port Williams teen was on the Nova Scotia provincial team that came home with a bronze medal from the Canadian U-15 girls’ basketball tournament Aug. 5-10 in St. John’s, NL.
In addition to Veinot, Maria Rodrigues from North Kentville and Maia Timmons from Hantsport were on the roster of the team, which met Ontario in the semi-finals and ended up on the short end of a 64-46 score. It would be their lone loss of the tournament; Nova Scotia scored a 59-50 win over Saskatchewan to claim the bronze, with Veinot and Timmons each contributing two points to the victory.
“The best moment for me was standing at half court with four of my teammates before our first game,” Jayda Veinot said. “As we lined up for the jump ball, that’s when all our training finally felt worth it.”
Winning bronze was a great feeling, she added.
“They announced our province, call out all our names, and as we received the medals, I felt on top of the world,” she said.
Provincial teams are a funny thing, she added.
“Twelve girls are chosen from all over Nova Scotia, and have to come together in a small amount of time,” Veinot said. “Our team bonded so effortlessly and flawlessly, it was amazing. I’m leaving this summer with 11 new friends.”
The U-15 boys’ nationals were played at the same time and place. Jayda’s twin brother, Keevan Veinot, was the only Kings County player on the Nova Scotia roster, which claimed fifth overall.
Veinot, one of the younger players on the Nova Scotia boys’ squad, contributed a pair of free throws to the win over New Brunswick in the fifth-place game.