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The Crocus Plainsmen celebrate after winning the Brandon High School Basketball League varsity girls’ final.
A strong first half propelled the Crocus Plainsmen to the varsity girls’ high school basketball city title with a 49-46 victory over the host Neelin Spartans on Thursday.
Zuleyma Fictoria, right, of the Crocus Plainsmen, guards Brittany Stott of the Neelin Spartans during the varsity girls’ basketball city final on Thursday night. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Stephanie Hunter had 16 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks yesterday as the Plainsmen won the best-of-three final 2-1.
"I’m proud of my girls and the way that they handled themselves through this three-game series," said first-year Plainsmen head coach Adam Hartman, whose team led 34-17 at the half. "Neelin’s a good team and they’ve got a great coach (Don Thomson) who does real good things with them.
"For us to win Game 1 and then not play as well in Game 2 I felt, (it was impressive that) our girls in just a day were able to make the adjustments needed to come out and get a good head start on Neelin. I think we jumped out to a 20-point lead and the girls worked their butts off defensively."
Jordi Malowski added 15 points and five rebounds for the Plainsmen, who finished second behind the Spartans during the regular season, while Stacey Shearer was held to two points, but grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Kristine Ward had 14 points — all in the second half — for the Spartans, while teammates Jordan Hardy and Aven Glufka added 10 apiece.
The Plainsmen advance to the provincial AAAA regionals next week in Winnipeg, while the Spartans will play in a AAA interzone game today at 5:30 p.m., against the host Virden Golden Bears.
Earlier on Thursday, Megan Earl and Nimrit Bath scored 12 points apiece as the Vincent Massey Vikings beat the visiting Plainsmen 46-19 to win the freshman girls’ city championship. Emily Speiss paced the Plainsmen with 10 points.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 1, 2013