Rural, Gray claim PEISAA senior AA basketball gold

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Maggee Fraser of the Westile Wolverines gets ready to make a pass during the PEISAA girls' gold-medal game against the Colonel Gray Colonels at the PEISAA senior AA basketball championships Monday in Charlottetown.

The Charlottetown Rural Raiders and the Colonel Gray Colonels are the 2013-14 P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior AA basketball champions.

The Raiders defeated the Kensington Torchmen 98-81 in the boys’ gold-medal game on Tuesday night and the Colonels edged the Westisle Wolverines 63-59 in the girls’ final.

In the bronze-medal games, the Three Oaks Axemen defeated the Souris Spartans 71-55, and the Souris girls topped the Montague Vikings 42-36.

All of the games were played in Charlottetown.

Following is a look at Monday’s games:

Finals

Charlottetown Rural 98, Kensington 81

Both teams had their offences in high gear as the Torchmen took a 48-42 lead into halftime.

Jake Reynolds had 23 points and Aiden Harrington added 11 for the Torchmen. Nick Frizzell sank 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Kegan Lazaric chipped in with 14 to help Rural stay close.

Frizzell, Lazaric and Anthony Kamphius each had three hoops in the third quarter as Rural took a 77-62 advantage into the final quarter. The Raiders kept scoring and the Torchmen faded down the stretch.

Frizzell, who was named the most valuable player of the provincial championship tournament, finished with a 31-point effort while other leading scorers for Rural were Lazaric (26), Kyle Arsenault (16) and Austin MacKenzie (10). Arsenault also contributed 19 rebounds.

Reynolds (29), Harrington (22), MacKenzie Corcoran (16) and Patrick Clark (12) ignited Kensington’s attack.

Colonel Gray 63, Westisle 59

The second-seeded Colonels raced to quarter leads of 16-15 and 40-27 against the top-seeded Wolverines. Julie Stark, who was named the provincial championship tournament’s most valuable player, hit for 19 points while grabbing six rebounds, and Danielle Younker added seven points and eight boards to lead Gray in the first two periods.

The Wolverines began to close the gap in the second half, and a Breeanne Lewis hoop tied the game with 4:10 remaining.

Stark and Younker restored the lead for the Colonels, but the Wolverines’ Lexi Getson hit a three-pointer with 1:10 left. Then with the pressure on, Adrienne Wright went 2-for-2 from the foul line for Gray with 1:05 showing on the clock.

Colonel Gray’s Emily Winters stole the ball and scored with 58 seconds remaining, but Lewis responded for Westisle with 23 seconds remaining to make the score 62-59 Colonels.

Stark hit a foul shot with 15 seconds left to close out the scoring.

Overall, Stark led the way finishing with 28 points and 13 boards. Wright (12) and Younker (9), who also had 13 rebounds, were Gray’s other top scorers.

For the Wolverines, Lewis led the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Maggie Fraser added 13 points and Getson chipped in with 12.

Bronze-medal games

Three Oaks 71, Souris 55

The Spartans were ahead 15-12 after a turnover-plagued first quarter. Josh Stewart had 11 points and four rebounds in a fast-paced second quarter to pace the Spartans to a 38-26 lead at the half.

However, Three Oaks, sparked by Mitchell Henderson’s eight points and five rebounds and Zach Mallett’s four points and five boards, outscored Souris 27-6 in the third quarter to take a 53-44 advantage. The Axemen received four three-pointers from their guards in the quarter.

Three Oaks maintained the pressure in the final period, and Souris could not get shots to fall.

Colton Wadman led the Axemen with 18 points while Henderson and Mallett, who also recorded nine rebounds, each had 14 points.

For Souris, Stewart (16), Isaac Cahill (11) and Drew McClumpha (9) were the top scorers.

Souris 42, Montague 36

The Spartans, led by Julia MacAulay’s 18 first-half points and Jayne Robertson’s five boards, led 29-23 at halftime. Shanley Saunders’ long-range shooting kept the Vikings within range as she netted eight first-half points.

The Spartans continued to control the boards, and the Vikings could get no closer than six points.

MacAulay (18), Robertson (13) and Mary Woods (7) were the leading offensive producers for the Spartans. Robertson finished with 15 rebounds.

Saunders (10), Alana VanWeichen (8) and Michaela Laporte (5) keyed Montague’s attack.

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All-Stars

All-stars at PEISAA senior AA

basketball championships:

Girls

Shanley Saunders, Montague.

Jayne Robertson, Souris.

Maggie Fraser, Westisle.

Danielle Younker, Colonel Gray.

Breeanne Lewis, Westisle.

Boys

Josh Stewart, Souris.

Colton Wadman, Three Oaks.

Keegan Lazaric, Charlottetown Rural.

Aiden Harrington, Kensington.

Jake Reynolds, Kensington.

Organizations: Charlottetown Rural Raiders, P.E.I. School Athletic Association, Vikings

Geographic location: Kensington

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