MWBA - Maritime Womens Basketball Association

Thunder Blankets Rival Hornets

Probably didn’t see it unfolding like it unfolded.

Tied 8-8 after a quarter, the host Halifax Thunder allowed only five second frame points while it found some offence, moving on to post a 72-44 over city rival Halifax Hornets.

The game was played at Saint Mary’s University.

Thunder, which held a 25-13 halftime lead, erupted for 46 points in the second half to put the Hornets down and remain undefeated, moving to 7-0 with three game remaining in the regular season.

Hornets slipped to 5-2 and remain second. Both losses have come to the Thunder.

Elizabeth Beals-Iseyemi scored 16 points to provide the lightning for Thunder’s offence. Haley McDonald scored 15 points, Vanessa Pickard knocked down 11 and Gemma Bullard scored nine, all off three-pointers.

Clara Gascoigne scored seven for Hornets. Lucina Beaumont offered six.

The mid-week game is the lead in for tournament weekend at Moncton, hosted by the Mystics on Saturday and Sunday where all six teams will be in attendance.

Regular season play ends June 19.

The top Nova Scotia team earns a bye to the semifinals for June 24 to 26 championship weekend in Halifax. The top New Brunswick team also earns a first-round bye.

Third place Nova Scotia faces second place NB and third place NB plays second place NS.

– Haley McDonald of the Thunder drives to the lane (DWinston Photo)