THE North Shore AA and AAA senior girls basketball leagues will hand out their banners tomorrow following a pair of championship finals.
At the AAA level the Handsworth Royals finished first in regular season play to earn a trip to the final. The Royals, ranked No. 3 in the province, await the winner of a semifinal between the Argyle Pipers and Carson Graham Eagles played last night after North Shore News press deadline. The Pipers finished second behind the Royals in the North Shore premier division while the Eagles played in the Div. 1 league this season, finishing third.
If the No. 5-ranked Pipers make the final it will be the fourth meeting between Handsworth and Argyle this season. The Royals won the first two - beating the Pipers in the final of the Telus Basketball Classic before taking a two-point win at Argyle in January - but the Pipers returned the favour on Handsworth's home floor with a 68-63 win Feb. 5. Game time Thursday is 6 p.m. at Handsworth.
In AA action two semifinals were played last night to sort out the finalists after press deadline. On one side Windsor secondary, first-place finishers in the Div. 1 league, took on sixth-place Sutherland. In the other semifinal second-place Collingwood took on St. Thomas Aquinas, a AA team that spent the season in the AAA league compiling an 04 record against Handsworth and Argyle.
STA was No. 3 in the latest AA provincial rankings while Windsor was listed as an honourable mention. Game time for the AA North Shore final is 5: 45 p.m. at Windsor secondary.