Senior Kweens earn zone title, head to provincials

Both of Hapnot’s high school girls basketball teams have brought home Zone 11 banners and will aim to bring home provincial glory later this month.

The Kweens had no trouble in the opening round of the zone playdowns, winning their three games by a combined margin of victory of 190 points. Hapnot opened the tournament with a 58-19 win over hosts Oscar Lathlin, then earned a 92-7 win over Nisichawaysihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate from Nelson House, finishing the round robin with a 80-14 victory against Split Lake’s Chief Sam Cook squad.

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Hapnot would beat Chief Sam Cook again in the final bracket, getting a 55-5 win and setting up a final against Oscar Lathlin. The hosts didn’t put up much resistance to the Kweens, with the final ending with a 58-26 Hapnot win and another banner coming back to Flin Flon.

The Kweens will now play in this year’s provincial tournament at Sagkeeng Anicinabe Community School in Pine Falls from March 14-16.

Hapnot’s senior Kings team didn’t have the same luck. After starting their tournament with a heartbreaking 90-82 loss to Frontier, the Kings narrowly beat Oscar Lathlin 41-36 before earning a big 70-26 win over Chief Sam Cook.

In the tournament bracket, the Kings defeated Oscar Lathlin 62-53 before facing the high-powered Frontier offence in the final. Frontier proved to be too much for Hapnot to handle, as the Raiders walked to a 100-43 win in the zone final.

The junior and senior Kweens will be Hapnot’s representatives at provincials this season. Carman will host junior girls’ provincials from March 7-9.

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