CEC Wall of Fame: Cougars hoops squad was dominant

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the first in a series of articles highlighting this year's inductees to the CEC Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held Dec. 21 at about 7:15 p.m. between the school's annual alumni basketball games. A reception will follow:

The 1980-81 Cobequid Cougars girls basketball team suffered just three losses and won the Division 1 girls provincial championship, one of four consecutive banners for the team. Members of the Cougars were, front row, from left, manager Susan Hines, captain Nan Hutchinson and manager Toni Halverson. Back row, Beth Pulsifer, Carla Maxwell, Robin Storr, Barb Cameron, Jennie Saxton, coach Keith MacKenzie, Cathy Coll, Denise Mentis, Sandra McKellar and Chris Matheson. Submitted photo

1980-81 Girls Basketball

The 1980-81 Cougars girls basketball team was arguably the strongest to ever play at the school.

The Cougars held a 41-3 record with two of those losses coming against Westbrook high school in Portland, Me. At the time, Westbrook held the state championship and was undefeated in three consecutive seasons. The other loss was to Fredericton, a team the Cougars easily defeated in two other contests that season.

The Cougars were undefeated against high school and small college competition in Nova Scotia, winning their third consecutive NSSAF Division 1 championship. Cobequid won seven invitational tournaments - the NSAC, Saint Mary's, Mount Allison and Dalhousie high school tournaments as well as the CEC Snowball and Liverpool Invitational. Their seventh tournament win was the Saint Mary's University Jamboree which featured the No. 2 ranked team from British Columbia and a highly ranked team from St. Catharine's, Ont.

The Cougars had great depth and balance with eight of their 10 players being named to all-star teams at various tournaments throughout the season. The team average more than 50 points per game even though only one player, Cathy Coll, averaged in double figures individually.

The team was part of the girls basketball dynasty, coached by Keith MacKenzie, which played in 12 consecutive provincial finals and won four consecutive titles from 1979 to 1982.

Of the 10 players on the team, seven won provincial high school championships in all three years at CEC and eight went on to play at the CIS level at universities such as Mount Allison, Saint Mary's, Acadia, UNB, Guelph, Brandon and Calgary.

Organizations: Saint Mary's University Jamboree

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Portland, Me., Fredericton Nova Scotia Dalhousie British Columbia Guelph Brandon Calgary

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