The 21st season of Hastings Recreation Basketball came to a conclusion on Saturday, March 25, with four championship finals for each of its four divisions. The theme of “competition with kindness” was amply demonstrated by the beautiful display of intense yet benevolent play on the part of each of the remaining eight teams.

The day began with the championship battle in the girls’ junior division and it was as close and as thrilling as any game played this season. The Slices Sun pulled out to an 8-4 halftime advantage on the shoulders of their two superstars, Kaitlin Constantine and Melanie Pocius, but a 10-point third-quarter blitz by the Uncle Lefty Mercury’s Harlow Norlander, Sofie Jackson, and Tia del Pasqua put their squad trailing by only a bucket, 16-14, heading into the final stanza. A free throw by del Pasqua early in the fourth quarter pulled them within one, but neither side could score for the remainder of the game, leaving the Sun with a dramatic 16-15 triumph.

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