Knights come up short in bid for junior girls hoops crown
By Fred Sherwin
the second time in this month, a team from St. Peter Catholic High School has
been beaten in a city championship by a team from St. Francis Xavier High School
in Riverside South which opened just a year ago.
St. Francis Xavier Dragons downed the St. Peter Knights junior boys football team
14-0 in the final two weeks ago and this week it was the junior girls basketball
team that turned out the lights on the Knights.
teams went into Thursday's final with identical 8-0 records. The Dragons easily
defeated the Hillcrest Hawks 41-19 in their semi-final on Tuesday, while the Knights
were coming off an emotional 40-38 overtime win against the St. Matthew Tigers
championship had all the makings of a classic match-up and neither team disappointed.
They matched each other basket for basket in the first half and the score was
tied 14-14 heading into the break.
wheels started to come off for the Knights in the third quarter. Poor shot selection,
including desperate attempts made on the dead run, gave the Dragons an opportunity
to take an eight point lead up 29-21.
Phillips stopped the bleeding with a basket at the 4:02 mark of the third quarter
that sparked a 13-2 run by the Knights who took a 34-31 lead early in the fourth
quarter. Rachael Radu made three baskets and added a free throw to help fuel the
comeback, but the Knights' lead was short-lived.
Dragons narrowed the deficit to 36-35 and then moved in front on a pair of free
throws by Hailey Jencz with less than two minutes to go in the game.
King then made a huge steal while the Knights were trying to bring the ball up
the floor which the Dragons immediately turned into an easy lay-up and a three
point lead with under a minute to go.
Olivia Harris scored to bring the Knights back to within one, St. Pete's called
their last timeout
Francis Xavier added another late basket to re-establish a three point advantage
which forced St. Pete's to foul them with a little over 12 seconds left on the
Knights' only chance was for the Dragons to miss the opening shot of the one-and-one,
haul down the rebound and call a timeout to set up a three point shot to send
the game into overtime.
the Knights were out of timeouts, because everything unfolded in their favour,
The Dragon shooter missed the first free throw attempt and the Knights managed
to grab the rebound with plenty of time left on the clock if not for the two or
three seconds of confusion over whether or not it was a one-and-one.
the time they realized the clock was running, they only had enough time to move
the ball up the court and get off one shot from beyond the three point line which
came up just short of the rim.
finality of the final buzzer brought many of the Knights to tears. After an outstanding
season that saw them run the table in the East Conference and post a pair of wins
over the St. Matthew Tigers, they had fallen a basket short in their quest for
the city championship.
the game head coach Sheila Kerwin praised her players for coming as far as they
did and for leaving everything they had on the floor..
played their hearts out, they really did. They stepped it up (in the third quarter)
when they really had to and they played as hard as they could,' said Kerwin. "We
told them before the game that win or lose, the season was still a success,'
led the way for the Knights with 11 points. Radu had seven, Harris had six and
Sydney Miezitis and Analyss Cardenas had five.each. Joellyn Lamont and Natalie
Skotnicki rounded out the scoring for St. Pete's with two points each.
scored a game high 14 points for the Dragons, while Jencz added 12 points.
6:30 p.m., Nov. 27)
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