Girls’ and boys’ Varsity basketball play hard at the HAECO Invitational

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Girls’ and boys’ Varsity basketball play hard at the HAECO Invitational

The Varsity girls hold up their HAECO trophy and a number four with pride. They defeated the Northern Nighthawks in the final game to make it their fourth championship in a row. (Photo contributed by Jennifer Harkey).

The Varsity girls hold up their HAECO trophy and a number four with pride. They defeated the Northern Nighthawks in the final game to make it their fourth championship in a row. (Photo contributed by Jennifer Harkey).

The Varsity girls hold up their HAECO trophy and a number four with pride. They defeated the Northern Nighthawks in the final game to make it their fourth championship in a row. (Photo contributed by Jennifer Harkey).

The Varsity girls hold up their HAECO trophy and a number four with pride. They defeated the Northern Nighthawks in the final game to make it their fourth championship in a row. (Photo contributed by Jennifer Harkey).

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The 42nd annual HAECO Invitational took place Dec. 26-28 at the Greensboro Coliseum during winter break. It consisted of eight boys’ and girls’ high school varsity basketball teams consisting of Northwest, Page, Greensboro Day School, Ben L. Smith, Grimsley, Northern, Ragsdale and Dudley.

The Northwest Viking Varsity girls continued their streak with another championship game win against Northern Guilford with a score of 65-47. The Varsity boys powered through and took seventh place in the tournament with their win against Grimsley with a score of 67-57.

The girls are the third team in history to win four HAECO championships in a row; if they win next year, they will break the record with five years. Junior center Elizabeth Kitley was named MVP of the tournament, and sophomore guard Reagan Kargo, senior guard Lindsay Gauldin, senior forward Bria Gibbs and Kitley– along with senior center Elissa Cunane and point guard Kassie Robakiewicz from Northern– were named the Women’s All Tournament Team.

“I am happy and excited about the fact of being a 4-peat. For HAECO, it is a huge accomplishment,” Gauldin said. She and Gibbs have never lost a game in the HAECO before.

The high scorers of the final game were Kitley with 26 points and Gauldin with 15. The team was 54 percent with field goals. Kitley also lead rebounding with 15 and Gibbs with nine.

“I am extremely proud of everyone on my team,” Gauldin said. “Together we put in hours of work at the gym and they all step up to play the role they need to play.”

The girls also defeated Grimsley, 72-10 and Ragsdale, 60-16.

The boys defeated Grimsley with their highest scorers, including Tristan Perry with 19 points and sophomores Dean Reiber and Christian Hampton with 15 points each. The leading rebounders were Reiber with nine, Perry with eight and Hampton with six.

“I’m proud of the team,” senior guard Jacob Riddles said. “It’s not an individual effort, though. This year, I think we have struggled with playing ‘as a team.’ The Florida trip [earlier during winter break] brought us closer as a group of guys.”

The Varsity Viking boys lost to Ben L. Smith, 44-57 and Ragsdale, 53-61.

“Smith was probably the toughest; they were a very athletic team and they really pointed out a lot of things we needed to start working on,” Riddles said.

The Greensboro Day School boys won the HAECO championship for the seventh year in a row against Smith.

Come and support our teams at the 2018 HAECO Invitational next year. It will be held on the 27th, 28th and 29th of December at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets are sold online and by players.

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