Behind for most of the fourth quarter, the Peacock Green Toilers put together a huge late charge to win the Moose Jaw High School Junior Girls Basketball Championship on Wednesday night.

The Green Toilers beat the Vanier Spirits, 66-57, in a thrilling back-and-forth game.BBall Junior Girls Final Mar13 1Peacock's Ella Muchowski fades away on a shot under the basket during Wednesday's junior girls final. (Photo: Marc Smith)

"We just wanted it really bad and decided to do whatever it took," said Peacock post Sydney Measner on the comeback.

Vanier held a slim 33-32 lead at halftime, but they used a big third quarter to push that advantage to 53-44 heading into the fourth quarter. 

Peacock locked down defensively in the fourth, holding Vanier to just four points while exploding for 22 points themselves to fight their way in front and then pull away for the win.

"We were definitely down a lot in the third quarter, but we dug down in the fourth quarter," said Measner.

Measner had 17 points in the win for the Green Toilers, while Ella Muchowski led Peacock with 19 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter of the win.

Grace Waldenberger had 12 points in the loss for the Spirits.

This was the fifth straight title for Peacock.

BBall Junior Boys Final Mar13 2The Central Gold Cyclones picked up the junior boys basketball championship on Wednesday night. (Photo: Marc Smith)

Central Gold Rolls to Junior Boys Title

The Central Gold Cyclones held off a second-half charge from the Vanier Vikings to win the Moose Jaw High School Junior Boys Basketball Championship on Wednesday.

Central pulled off an 82-65 win over Vanier to complete a perfect season, going 10-0 overall this season.

"I'm excited, it's a big achievement [to win the city championship]," said Central guard Kaelin Krukoff.BBall Junior Boys Final Mar13 1Vanier's Aidan Longworth drives to the basket during Wednesday's junior boys basketball final. (Photo: Marc Smith)

The Gold Cyclones played some tight defence in the first half to help build up a 41-19 lead at the break, but the Vikings found their stride offensively in the second half, including outscoring Central 22-15 in the fourth quarter.

Central's offence kept the foot down to hold off Vanier for the win.

"We worked hard on defence, that was the main thing," said Krukoff. "As long as we talk on defence, it's all clear sailing."

Krukoff finished with 11 points in the win, while Mohamed Jabateh had 15 points, Jake McClean posted 13 points and Ammiel Chin had 12 points for the Gold Cyclones.

Vanier’s Aidan Longworth led all scorers with 29 points, all but two of them coming via nine three-pointers.

The Gold Cyclones didn't taste defeat this season, but Krukoff said their games grew a lot over the course of the year, "We grew a lot, everyone bonded, it was good," he said.

Vanier and Central, who were also the finalists in the senior boys league, have traded titles over the past four years.

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