Laval female basketballers earn shot at provincials

Claim two tight games against Carbonear Collegiate to advance to Deer Lake tournament

Published on March 16, 2017

Members of the Laval High School female senior basketball team include (front, from lef) Kaiden Whyte, Lauren Kelly, Mackenzie Leonard-Power, Brooklyn McCarthy, Abby Gambin, assistant coach Kendra Whyte; (back) Robyn Culleton, Emily Foley, Amber Barron, Emily O’Keefe, Hillary Neville, Raven Ralph and coach Melanie Whyte.

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The Laval Cavaliers girls basketball team has a shot at earning a AAA provincial banner.

Playing in Placentia, the Cavaliers swept the Carbonear Collegiate Sentinels in two closely-contested games, taking the first 62-58 on Friday, March 3 and the second 57-55 on the Saturday.

“They’re always close games when we play (Carbonear),” head coach Melanie Whyte told The Compass last week. “The girls have been working super hard to fix the little things that they had to work on to be able to play against Carbonear.”

More often than not, the Placentia school came out on the winning end in matches against the Sentinels, claiming eight out of the 10 games played head-to-head this season. They won the Heart and Sole Tournament hosted by Carbonear in February.

“We’re having a great season so far,” said Whyte, who has been involved with basketball at Laval for several years.

We’re looking forward to provincials. I think we’re right where we should be. Melanie Whyte

Last season, the Laval senior girls team played at the AAAA level. After the team was outplayed at provincials last year, the decision was made to move down a level. Whyte feels the play in AAA basketball is a bit more aggressive, forcing her players to adjust accordingly.

Laval has one Grade 12 player, which suggests the team will have a similar look next season.

Provincials take place in Deer Lake March 17-19.

“We’re looking forward to provincials,” said Whyte. “I think we’re right where we should be.”