By John DeCoste
It’s wait until next year for all five Kings County teams that competed at high school basketball provincials last weekend.
The Horton Griffins boys’ team had the best showing, placing second in the province for a second straight year.
The Griffins opened with a 76-66 win over Sydney Academy, with senior Lorenzo Parker scoring 31 points and Bradley Fuller adding 18.
Horton’s semifinal matchup was against top-ranked, and defending provincial champion, Auburn Drive. In a nailbiter, the Griffins came back from 10 points down after three quarters to steal a 97-95 victory.
Parker with 41 points and Fuller with 23 led the way offensively. Parker was good on a pair of free throws with five seconds left, and Fuller gave his team a chance to win with 12 fourth quarter points.
In the final, Dartmouth was too much for the Griffins, who dropped an 83-59 decision to a deep and talented Spartans squad. Adam Melanson led all scorers with 21 points for Horton in his final high school game.
Division one girls
The Horton girls finished the girls’ provincials in Halifax with a 1-2 record.
The Griffins drew top-ranked and host Citadel in their opening game and ended up on the short end of an 82-41 decision to the eventual champs.
In their second game, Horton trailed C.P. Allen by 18 points in the third quarter before coming back to lead 65-60. C.P. Allen then went on a 16-2 run to claim a 78-67 win.
The seventh-place game against Dr. J.H. Gillis came down to the final seconds with Candice Smith hitting a pair of foul shots for a 65-64 Horton win.
Division two boys
Northeast Kings dropped their opener 83-68 to Yarmouth, with Schuyler Leenhouts leading the Titans with 19 points.
In their second game, NKEC dropped an 82-65 decision to Bridgewater. Andrew Chase had 17 points and Leenhouts 12 to lead the Titans.
In the seventh-place game, NKEC outscored host Eastern Shore 78-38, with Chase leading the way with 26 points. Amherst edged Middleton 82-81 in the final.
Division two girls
Both Northeast Kings and Central Kings competed in New Waterford. The Titans finished 1-2 and the Gators going 2-1 to top the consolation round.
On Day 1, Kelsey Schofield had 18 points as NKEC outlasted host Breton 62-58, winning the game on foul shots in the final minute. In their first game, Central Kings lost 60-41 to Yarmouth.
On the second day, NKEC fell 69-33 to Yarmouth, with Nicole Tibbetts the Titans’ leading scorer with 14. CK, meanwhile, topped Millwood 54-45.
The Gators defeated BEC 65-58 in the fifth-place game. Mikayla Webster led all scorers with 26 points. Webster had also led CK with 14 points against both Yarmouth and Millwood.
In the third-place game, NKEC dropped a 65-53 decision to Yarmouth. Schofield had 26 for the Titans, while Allie Berry had 38 for the Vikings.