We are one day closer to crowning Canada’s Girls National Champions. Day 3 was highlighted by quarter final matchups for both 15U and 17U draws, which brought out the best in every player, volunteer, and fan. To begin the day for our 15U teams, Nova Scotia come out on top against Newfoundland and Labrador in a chess match of tactic and strategy. Alberta would also follow with a victory demonstrating extreme poise. The first of two quarter-final matches would see New Brunswick topping Saskatchewan to move on and face a waiting Quebec. Team Ontario would also emerge victorious over Manitoba, booking themselves the outstanding spot in the final four as they will face-off against British Columbia.
The 17U side was nothing short of dramatic with all games finishing with less than a four-point difference. Beginning with Nova Scotia taking on Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia exhibited admirable teamwork to capture the win 68-66. Again, there would be two quarter-final matches beginning with Ontario challenging Saskatchewan for a trip to square off with Quebec. In a game that remained extremely close throughout, Saskatchewan would make a late rally and sink clutch free throws to walk away with the 79-75 victory. To determine the final team moving onto semi-finals, there would be a spirited bout between British Columbia and New Brunswick. With the game knotted at half time, British Columbia would slowly build a lead heading into the 4th quarter. New Brunswick displayed superb resilience to rally back behind a barrage of three-pointers, coming back and taking the lead nearing the final buzzer. However, British Columbia’s defense was able to force crucial misses and transition baskets for them to retake the advantage and move onto semi-finals where they will see a deft Alberta team.