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Newfoundland U15 teams looking for back-to-back wins at national hoops championships

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s boys and girls teams will be looking for their second wins in placement rounds at national under-15 basketball championships on Friday.

In Fredericton. N.B., the N. L. girls under-15 side opened its second round with a 63-32 victory over Prince Edward Island Thursday.

Caroline Jardine of St. John’s had 12 points and a half dozen rebounds for Newfoundland, while Gracie Dalton of Cape Broyle added 11 points and five boards.

It was the second time this week that N.L. had beaten P.E.I., having triumphed 77-34 in preliminary play. Newfoundland lost to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in its other first-round matches.

N.L. takes on the Northwest Territories Friday.

It’s the same story for Newfoundland’s male U15 team in Kamloops, B.C., where they also take on NWT after beating P.E.I. on Thursday.

In that game, Nicholas Edwards of St. John’s had 13 points for the winners, while Liam Dalton of St. John’s and James Combdon of McIvers each had 11. Combdon and Innocent Ndaitouroum of St. John’s were also into double figures in rebounds with 10 each.

Like their female counterparts, the N.L. U15 males went 1-2 in preliminary play, with losses to Manitoba and British Columbia sandwiched around a first-meeting win over P.E.I.

The national U17 hoops championships are also being conducted in Fredericton and Kamloops this week.

Both Newfoundland teams are 0-4 in those competitions after Thursday losses to western teams.

In Kamloops, the N.L. males fell 92-63 to Alberta with Caleb d’Entremont of St. John’s leading his team with 19 points and five points.

Meanwhile, in Fredericton, the Newfoundland female U17s dropped a 78-58 decision to Manitoba, with Carly Stevenson of St. John’s leading N.L. with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The next opponents for the Newfoundland U17 teams hadn’t been decided by Thursday evening.

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