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Highlanders’ girls’ team makes it a clean sweep for Holy Heart

Holy Heart Highlanders won the provincial 4A high school girls’ basketball championship Sunday, beating the Holy Trinity Tigers 67-62 in the final. Members of the winning team are, from left, first row: Delia Barrett, Kaitlyn Hall, Ella Banfield, Kirsten Yetman, Megan Ryan; back row: coach Colin McNeil, assistant coach Geana George, Laura Quigley, Meaghan Quigley, Abby Sparrow, Erin Long, Carly Stevenson, Aluel Achiek, Emma Cachia, Norah Quinlan, coach Peter Sparrow and manager Shauna Foley.
Holy Heart Highlanders won the provincial 4A high school girls’ basketball championship Sunday, beating the Holy Trinity Tigers 67-62 in the final. Members of the winning team are, from left, first row: Delia Barrett, Kaitlyn Hall, Ella Banfield, Kirsten Yetman, Megan Ryan; back row: coach Colin McNeil, assistant coach Geana George, Laura Quigley, Meaghan Quigley, Abby Sparrow, Erin Long, Carly Stevenson, Aluel Achiek, Emma Cachia, Norah Quinlan, coach Peter Sparrow and manager Shauna Foley. - Contributed

St. John’s school dominates the high school basketball scene in the province this season

The Holy Heart Highlanders of St. John’s made it a clean sweep of the provincial high school basketball circuit this season with the Highlanders’ girls’ team capturing the all-Newfoundland and Labrador 4A title on home court Sunday.

The championship came two weeks after Holy Heart boys’ team won their 4A banner in Mobile.

The win capped a 32-1 season for the Highlanders girls’ squad, which won the Gonzaga tournament, Keith Keating Memorial, Waterford Valley Legend City Classic, Clarence Sutton Memorial at St. Kevin’s and the Sweet 16 championship.

Their only loss came in a cross-over in the Hall of Fame Cup held earlier this season in St. John’s.

Heart trimmed Holy Trinity Tigers of Torbay 67-62 in a hotly-contested final.

In semifinal play, the Highlanders beat Waterford Valley Warriors 69-57, while the Tigers got past the O’Donel Patriots 62-56.

At the A championship at Belanger Memorial Academy in the Codroy Valley, Dunne Academy of St. Mary’s beat St. Catharine’s Academy of Mount Carmel 59-52 in the final.

Scores from the championship games in the 2A championship at Lakewood Academy in Glenwood and 3A tournament at Stephenville High were unavailable.

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