This year’s Division 3 provincial basketball championship is no longer in the cards for Digby Regional’s Lady Mariners after two qualifying losses over the weekend that ended with the Dalbrae Dragons advancing.
The Digby squad hosted the three-team provincial qualifiers after placing fourth at the Regional championships Feb. 19 in New Germany.
The Lady Mariners lost their first game 58-45 to Musquodoboit Mustangs on Friday afternoon. Jessica Sabean scored 21 points for Digby and Katie Porter added eight.
The Mustangs edged the Lady Mariners 16-14 after the first quarter and stretched it to four taking a 28-24 lead at the buzzer.
Action remained close in the second half, but the visitors inched ahead as the Lady Mariners had difficulty nailing their shots and collecting rebounds.
Digby rallied going on a 6-0 run late in the game but was unable to close the gap.
Being the lower seed in the qualifying tournament put the Lady Mariners in a second game on Friday evening, where they fell 39-51 to the very aggressive Dalbrae Dragons.
The Dragons led 16-10 after the first quarter but both teams played point for point scoring nine each in the second. Dalbrae added to their lead going on a 14-9 run in the third.
The Lady Mariners played shorthanded in the final frame as the chippy Dragon offence sent forwards Kendra Lewis, Kailyn MacDonald and lastly Katie Porter to the bench with too much time on the clock.
Digby’s Andrea Powell left the court with a knee injury after being tripped on a fast break.
In spite of the fourth quarter disadvantages, the Lady Mariners trailed the Dragons by only one point for a 12-11 finish.
Jessica Sabean had a game high 20 points including one from beyond the arc for Digby while Mallory Francis and Katie Porter chipped in six each.
In the final game on Saturday morning, Dalbrae slipped by Musquodoboit 46-41 for the eighth and final spot at the provincial championship at Cape Breton Highland Academy in Margaree Forks on March 3-5.Despite a disappointing finish to the season, the girls played hard and the fans were rewarded with three entertaining basketball games, said Mariners