NBIAA Final 12

AAA Girl’s Championship Preview

Republished with permission of NB Hoops News

Welcome to the 2019-2020 NBIAA Girls AAA Championship game for basketball.

It’s destination TD Station for these girls as #2 ranked Moncton High Purple Knights match up with #1 Fredericton High Black Kats.  The Black Kats are the defending champions, looking for their third title in a row and their 25th overall.  For the Purple Knights, they are looking to end a 36 year drought and return the banner to the school for the first time since the 1982-1983 season.

The Fredericton team is led by All-stars Allie McCarthy and Kristen Taylor who will both be back next season.  Moncton will be led by two senior All-Stars in Taylor Wood and Celine Sterckel.  Both rosters are littered with Provincial team members from Basketball New Brunswick’s program.

The Purple Knights and Black Kats met three times this season.  Early in the season, it was at the Lion’s Den where the Black Kats won 65 – 54. Next, it was an overtime game at FHS, 88 – 81 for the Kats. The third was at the Rick Cotter Tournament in Fredericton in the semi-finals. Fredericton took the game with ease 86 – 46

Moncton made it to the Station with their 10 – 0 record in the North East Interlocking Conference.  Next, they took on the South West 4th seed, the St. Malachy’s Saints 78 – 62 in the sectional semi-final and followed that up with a win over Riverview in the sectional final 70 – 43. 

For the Black Kats, they posted a 2-0 record in the West.  Next, they headed to Quispamsis for the South West Regional tournament.  FHS would take out that same St. Malachy’s team 72 – 44 in the regional semi-final and then Leo Hayes in the regional final 84 – 55. 

The Black Kats would host the South West Sectional and played Miramichi Valley in the semi-final, winning that one 76 – 48.  FHS would get Kennebecasis Valley in the sectional final and the Crusaders would give FHS everything that they could handle, making them play from behind all game until the Kats could put together their fourth-quarter comeback to take the game 73 – 63 and a chance to defend their title at TD Station. 

This has all the makings of a great one, what a way to kick off our Final 12.

This article was updated to properly reflect the previous meetings between Moncton and Fredericton during the season. 

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