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Senior Girls Basketball
Lady Rebelles win return trip to AAA provincials, advance to city championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Louis Rebelles Julia Dostaler goes up for an easy basket in the team's 50-37 win over the Longfields-Davidson Heights Ravens on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Louis Riel Rebelles downed Longfields-Davidson Heights 50-37 on Thursday to advance to the senior girls high school basketball championship for the third year in a row, and in doing so, earned a ticket to their third straight OFSAA AAA provincial tournament.

The two-time defending champions went into their semi-final against the Ravens knowing they were playing for a berth in the OFSAA AAA tournament. The other semi-final between the Glebe Gryphoms and the St. Peter Knights featured two Quad-A schools. That game was won by the Knights 40-35.

The Rebelles jumped out to a 13-7 lead against the Ravens and never looked back. They extended their advantage to nine points by halftime, and then slammed the door on their south end opponents with a 13-0 run in the third quarter. Up 44-20 in the final stanza, the Rebelles cruised to a 50-37 win.

For a team that's normally dependent on their starting five, the Rebelles got nine points from their bench which is a good sign heading into the provincial championships where teams can only go as far as their bench can take them.

On Thursday, the Rebelles were led by Vanessa Gilles who scored 10 points. Andreanne Ennis added nine points and Julia Dostaler had eight points.

Head coach Andre Desjardins was pleased with his team's performance which he feels is one of the most balanced he's had in several years.

"We may have had better athletes in the past, but this team is much more balanced," said Desjardins.

By beating the Ravens, the Rebelles avenged their lone lose in the regular season.

Although a trip to the OFSAA provincial champions isn't at stake in next week's final between the Rebelles and the Knights, the game should be highly competitive. Only five points separated the two teams during their regular seson match-up, which Louis Riel won 51-46, and the Knights have won three in a row including back-to-back victories over Longfields-Davidson to earn a spoy in the playoffs.

The final will be played next Tuesday at All Saints Catholic High School in Kanata.

(Posted 9 a.m., Nov. 6)

 

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