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Volume 10 Week 10

Wednesday, Nov. 22


 

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Junior Girls Basketball
St. Peter Knights advance to junior girls B-ball championship

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights bid for a perfect season survived its toughest test last night in the form of the St. Matthew Tigers who battled them through four quarters of basketball and into overtime before the Knights ultimately prevailed 40-38.

The St. Peter Knights bid for a perfect season survived its toughest test last night in the form of the St. Matthew Tigers who battled them through four quarters of basketball and into overtime before the Knights ultimately prevailed 40-38.

"That's the toughest 40 points I've ever seen coaching basketball," Knights head coach Sheila Kerwin said after the game referring to the final score. "Our girls played extremely hard. They played extremely smart and they deserved to win the game."

The semi-final was almost a mirror image of the regular season match-up between the two teams which the Knights won 36-35.

The Tigers were hoping for a better result this time round and they demonstrated their determination in the first quarter, especially on defence where they limited the Knights to a single free throw.

Sporting a 6-1 lead heading into the second stanza, the Tigers started to get into foul trouble as the Knights began to pound the ball inside.

The only saving grace for St. Matt's was the Knights' inability to hit their free throw. Playing in front of a full house on their home court, the Knights let their nerves get the better of them and only converted two of nine free throws attempts in the second quarter. Fortunately, they made for it on the floor with six field goals. The Tigers made four shots for eight points and the first half ended with the score tied 14-14.

The Knights took a 20-16 lead to start the second half and then the Tigers responded with an 8-2 run to regain the lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The seesaw game tipped back in the Knights' favour early in the final stanza and by the 4:07 mark they were back in front 29-26.
The Tigers managed to narrow the gap once again and with 1:30 left in regulation the game was tied 32-32.

The next 90 seconds were a mad scramble as both teams fought with everything they had to emerge victorious.

The Tigers appeared to have the upperhand when Tara Cornfield made a pair of free throws to put St. Matt's up 34-32 with 33.2 seconds left in regulation.

When the Knights turned the ball over with 23.7 seconds left on the clock, it looked as though it would take a minor miracle for St. Pete's to survive.

What they got instead was a traveling call against St. Matt's. With 18 seconds left in regulation, Tigers' coach Rick Despatie implored his players not to foul as the Knights brought the ball up the floor for their final possession.

As the clock ticked down, Olivia Harris made a move to the inside and drew a foul as she went up to take a shot.

After collecting herself during a time out, Harris coolly stepped up to the free throw line and drained both her shots to send the game into overtime.

Reil Chap.m.an did her best to keep the Tigers in contention with three clutch free throws in the extra session, but in the end it was Knights' post player Breanna Phillips who dealt the deciding blow, hauling down her own rebound and putting it back up and in for the winning shot.


The Knights must now await the winner of tonight's semifinal game between Longfields District High School and Hillcrest High School. The championship games will be played on Thursday with the sight to be determined.

(Posted 5:30 p.m., Nov. 23)

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