When you consider the Halifax Citadel Phoenix II team destroyed the Avon View Avalanche one week earlier by a score of 65-38, it was hard to believe the girls could pull out a win Jan. 18. But, they did just that.
Wednesday's night home game against the same Halifax team could be considered somewhat of a miraculous upset.
The Avon View Avalanche Sr. Girls’ basketball team gave it their all, defeating the Phoenix 58-56. The game went down to the final seconds on a disputed call before being decided.
The fourth quarter ended with a hotly contested confrontation between Avalanche Captain Allison Boyd and one of the two referees over a three point shot.
Boyd told the official he was "dead wrong" with his call. It did not seem to matter, however, as the Phoenix went to the line for three foul shots. If they sunk the shots, it would have cost the Avalanche the game. Luckily for the hometown team, the shots were no good and the Avalanche won.
The score was close throughout the game, with Avon View in front 12-11 with 2:07 to play in the opening quarter.
Haley Guild did some great defensive rebounding to keep the score 13-12 Halifax in the closing stages of the opening quarter.
Boyd hit a three-pointer with six seconds to go in the first to put Avon View in front 15-13. Jasmine Smith then hit a 15-foot shot with 9:17 to play in the opening half to tie the game 17-17. She then hit a three pointer mid-way through the opening half and it was 21-20 Avon View.
With 2:17 to go in the first half, Boyd went two for two from the foul line to make it 24-23 Avon View and it was clear at this point, Boyd was playing her best game of the year.
The half ended with Halifax in front 28-24 as they sank a three-pointer with 13 seconds showing on the clock.
The third quarter began on a sensational pass from Guild to Boyd, who was wide open in front of the three-point circle to bring Avon View to within two points as they trailed 32-30.
Boyd, whose three-point rhythm seemed to ring musical bells off the wall at Avon View, hit one after her basket to give the Avalanche a 33-32 lead.
Allana Rendell was then left all alone in the paint and made a great dunk for a 35-32 lead.
Halifax came back and tied it 35-35 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter before moving ahead 37-35 only to have Boyd come back and tie it with a jump shot to knot the score at 37-37.
Boyd then made another basket and was fouled in the process and it was 42-37 Avalanche before Alyssa MacDonald made a tremendous steal, went in alone and put Avon View up 44-37.
It was 44-39 Avon View at the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter saw Smith go down with a twisted ankle with just 7:51 to play. She was in pain and a physician who was at the game, Dr. Mark Kazimirski, was called onto the floor to examine the seriousness of the injury. Smith was helped off the floor. She is expected to be out of the line-up for at least two weeks, if not more.
Halifax did not show any sympathy and moved to within one point of the lead at 46-45 before Boyd hit two free throws and Rendell, with a superlative inside shot, put Avon View back in front 50-45.
Guild's basket gave Avon View their biggest lead of the game at 55-45 and the Avalanche, despite the controversy near the end of the game, went on to win 58-56.