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Mariners tough at home

Senior basketball teams at Digby Regional High School both won their home games Wednesday against Barrington—but they took different approaches.

The Mariner boys jumped out to a quick lead, but lost it and then needed to struggle to eke out a 71-66 win.

The Lady Mariners quite easily handled the Barons, sinking two baskets for every one of the Barons’ during the first half en route to a 63-47 win.

The lead allowed coach Kim Robinson to give the team's rookies more playing time.

Lynn Wall led scoring for the girls with 17 points, and Jessica Sabean was close behind with 15. Megan Miller added eight.

On the boys’ side, high-scoring centre Cory Saulnier almost matched the three girls by himself, leading the Mariners with 37 points.

Saulnier’s points were hard-earned since Barrington learned a lesson in its Nov. 19 encounter with Digby when the tall centre scored 63 points. The Barons abandoned the man-to-man defence used then in favour of double teaming Saulnier, and even boxing him at times with a third defender.

The Mariners also committed too many turnovers, and seldom got into their run-and-gun game that can wear down opponents. They also failed to match the outstanding outside shooting from the Barons, and midway through the second half found themselves down by 10 points.

The fourth quarter saw the Mariners claw even and take an eight point lead into the closing minutes, but it was barely enough as Barrington drew within three before winding up five points back.

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