The Carbonear Collegiate Sentinels female basketball team are provincial champs.
This is after the team captured the AAAA tier II female provincial title with an 18-point drubbing of runner-up Stephenville High, 54-36, at Elwood High in Deer Lake on March 15.
The title comes a year earlier than expected. The team had been looking to compete at this year's event, with eyes on the top prize next year.
With the victory, the Sentinels avenged an earlier round robin loss at the hands of the Spartans.
Stephenville was a familiar foe for Carbonear. The teams previously met in the final of the McDonald’s Classic Tournament in Gander Jan. 10-12.
There the Spartans downed the Sentinels 60-57, but this time was different.
Over the course of five games, it was the only loss suffered by Carbonear.
Even that game was tight up until the end as Stephenville hung on for a three-point victory, 53-50 on March 13.
Not to be deterred by the opening defeat, the Sentinels cut a swathe through the rest of its competition.
First, Carbonear handily downed Mealy Mountain Collegiate of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 46-26.
That was followed by a second straight 20-point victory. This time it was over Exploits Valley High, of Grand Falls-Windsor.
The Sentinels defeated the Eagles 46-26 to finish the opening portion of the tournament with two wins and a single loss.
In the quarter-finals on March 14, Carbonear met Clarenville High for the chance to move onto the semis.
Carbonear dictated the play en route to a controlling 53-33 victory over the Cougars to punch its semifinals ticket.
After averaging a 20-point margin of victory heading into the semifinals, the Sentinels were met with a stern test in the form of the Holy Trinity Tigers of Torbay. Carbonear bested Holy Trinity 71-66.
The provincial championship was the first one for Carbonear Collegiate this season.
Members of the tean are: Kerrilynn Maloney, Meghan Lehr, Chelsea Walsh, Michaela Case, Arianna Lee, Stephanie Slade, Emily Kennedy, Chelsey Parsons, Brianna Roberts, Jasmine Slade, Mallory Gillespie, Najaula Sparkes, Morgan Clarke and Devon Nicholson.
Laval falters in provincial play
Meanwhile, Carbonear was not the only female team from the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region involved in provincial play over the weekend.
The Laval Cavaliers female basketball team were also in action, albeit in the AAAA tier I female provincial tournament held at Gonzaga High in St. John’s March 13-15.
The Cavaliers got the tournament started correctly with a 56-36 defeat of the Holy Heart Highlanders of St. John’s.
Next up was a tough team from O’Donel High in Mount Pearl. Laval fought hard but dropped a 69-55 decision to the Patriots.
Things did not get easier for the Cavaliers. The team met eventual champs Booth Braves of St. John’s in its final round robin matchup.
The Braves downed Laval 67-51 to end the Cavaliers’ tournament.
For complete coverage, see the March 24 print edition of The Compass.