By Josh Howald
It took four seasons, but they finally defeated Ripley.
“It seems like (Ripley) has beat us every year,” said Maddie Duncan of the Huron Heights Public School girls basketball team.
“But we’re the Hawks, and they were the prey (this year),” said Hailey Allen.
The Huron Heights Public School Hawks won a girls Regional basketball title over the weekend. Huron Heights downed Ripley in the final, and both teams will compete at the County Championship tournament. The team includes, back left, coach Brent Urie and Kasey Brindley. Middle row, left, Nicole McLeod, Kara McDonald, Jordy Surridge, Billie Patterson and Hailey Allen. In front, left, Morgan Baker, Maddie Duncan, Elsie Shewfelt and Megan Stewart-Kemp. Missing from the photo are Jenna Gade and Charlotte Bate. (Josh Howald photo)
Huron Heights defeated Ripley-Huron Community School 41-28 in the championship game of the Regional Elementary School basketball tournament held over the weekend at Kincardine District Secondary School.
“It was a close game,” said Duncan. “We played four games, and it was the best one. It’s nice to finally beat them.”
She attributed the win to quick passes, while coach Brent Urie thought his team excelled on team defence and controlled the boards with some big rebounding.
Huron Heights actually beat Ripley twice on the weekend. The Hawks handled Ripley in the tourney opener before scoring lopsided wins over North Port, Lucknow and Mildmay schools.
Another rematch isn’t out of the question. Both teams qualify for the County Championship tournament next week, which will also be held at KDSS.
Huron Heights will be prepared. A county title is the team’s goal, and the girls have been practicing twice a week for almost two months. They also played exhibition contests against St. Anthony’s, Ripley and a Wingham area elementary school.
Ripley, however, did claim a Regional title of its own. The Ripley boys walked through the competition to earn a berth in next week’s County tournament.
Watch next week’s Independent for details on the county tournament.