NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons got a chance to see some of the teams they will likely face in early March.
The Gryphons won one game and lost two as they hosted Division I teams at an invitational tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the NNEC gym. The Gryphons are hosts for the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I female championship from March 1 to 3.
The Horton Griffins won the tournament by defeating the Dartmouth Spartans 80-64 in the championship game.
Gryphons’ head coach Andy MacKay praised the effort his charges delivered against some highly skilled and sometimes bigger opponents. He rested some of his starters for their third-place game against the Citadel Phoenix, who defeated the Gryphons 73-53.
“This time of year is a good time to help the younger players get better,” he said.
The Dartmouth Spartans defeated the Gryphons 73-48 to open the schedule at NNEC.
Three Gryphons reached double figures as Abbey Delaney netted 13 points, while tournament all-star Lucia MacKay added 12 and Jaden MacEachern contributed 10 points.
MacKay’s 34 points and Courtney Smith’s 18 rebounds helped the Gryphons defeat the Lockview Dragons 69-58.
Against the Phoenix, Jaden MacEachern led the Gryphons with 15 points, while MacKay added eight in limited time.
North Nova got to within eight points of the lead with three minutes left, but Citadel answered with three straight three-pointers to start a 16-3 run over the next minutes.
The Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish won the consolation honours by topping Lockview 73-68.
The Royals outscored the Harrison Trimble Trojans from Moncton 69-50, lost 78-50 to Citadel and lost 67-57 to Horton in their preliminary games.
North Nova’s Madelyn MacMillan, 10, goes up for a shot against the Citadels on Sunday. (Goodwin photo)