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Senior Girls Basketball
St. Matt's Tigers claim AA crown with win over St. Mark Lions
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It's been nearly 10 years since a St. Matthew senior girls basketball team last won a city championship.

They came within a tick of the clock in 2007 and were blown out by the Louis Riel Rebelles in 2009.

After losing to the two-time defending provincial champions in the AAA/AAAA semi-finals last year, the Tigers decided to compete at the AA level this year.

Despite dressing just seven players, the Tigers managed to amass a 9-1 record during the regular season, including a 32-29 win over the Rebelles on Oct. 20.

After downing the Lester B. Pearson Panthers 47-24 in the AA semi-finals, the Tigers faced the St. Mark Lions in the final on Thursday.

The veteran St. Mark's squad had nine players in their lineup from last year's silver medal winning team with one important exception -- their post player and top rebounder Meredith Tater had season-ending knee surgery on Oct. 25.

But e ven without Tater in their lineup, the Lions gave the Tigers all they could handle. Although they only briefly led in the second and third quarter, the Lions managed to maintain contact with the Tigers throughout the game.

After a slow start by both teams, the Tigers built up an early 10-4 lead on a trio of baskets by Lindsey Suprenchuk, Tiana Cornfield and Nana Wandji, and a three-point bucket from Sarah Price.

Suprenchuk was especially impressive in the first quarter, racking up two points, three steals, two rebounds and a blocked shot.

The Lions battled back in the second quarter and eventually took a 12-11 lead. They were up 14-13, as well, before the Tigers went on a 6-3 run to end the first half and take a 19-17 lead at the break.

Wandji had a big second quarter, scoring seven points despite being tagged with her third personal foul. Suprenchuk contiunued her strong play in the second quarter as well, hauling down six more rebounds with another steal and a blocked shot.

The Lions tied the game early in the third quarter and retook the lead at the 4:12 mark. They led again at the 2:35 mark when the Tigers went on an 8-2 run to end the quarter with a 29-25 lead.

Olivia Vanderwaal got the Lions back to within one with a three-point shot early in the fourth, but that would be as close as they would get thanks to the free throw shooting of Amanada Forestner who went 6-for-8 from the line for the Tigers and added a pair of timely steals.

The Lions did manage to pull within a three-point shot late in the game, but they would never get a chance to put one up before time expired on their season, much to the joy of the Tigers who will be heading off to the AA provincial championship on Brockvill which get underway next Thursday.

Suprenchuk was named the Kunstadt Sports Player of Game with 10 rebounds, six steals, two rebounds and four points. Wandji was the game's top scorer with 18 points, while Rosie Dinardo scored nine for the Lions.

St. Matthew
Tigers
FG
3-PT
FT
REB
A
S
BLK

PTS

Nana Wandji
7-10
0-0
4-4
2
0
3
0
18
Amanda Foerstner
1-4
0-0
6-8
3
0
4
0
8
Tiana Cornfield
3-6
0-0
1-1
1
0
2
0
7
Lindsay Suprenchuk
2-6
0-0
0-2
10
0
6
2
4
Sarah Price
0-2
1-4
0-0
1
0
1
0
3
Lizz Cesaire
0-1
0-0
0-0
1
2
0
0
0
Team totals
13-29
1-4
11-15
18
2
16
2
40

St. Mark
Lion
FG
3-PT
FT
REB
A
S
BLK

PTS

Rosie Dinardo
2-3
0-0
5-6
2
1
1
0
9
Megan O'Neill
4-7
0-0
0-2
3
0
0
0
8
Olivia Vanderwaal
1-4
1-1
2-2
0
1
0
0
7
Erin Higgins
1-1
0-1
2-4
0
0
2
0
4
Casey Crawford
1-1
0-0
0-0
1
1
0
0
2
Katie Kelly
1-1
0-0
0-0
5
0
0
0
2
Cassandra Haystead
1-2
0-0
0-0
0
0
1
0
2
Taylor Norton
0-2
0-1
0-0
1
0
0
0
0
Kirsty Upshaw
0-1
0-0
0-0
2
0
0
1
0
Team totals
11-22
1-3
9-14
14
3
4
1
34

(Posted 4:30 p.m., Nov. 16)

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