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Junior Girls Basketball
Tigers reclaim junior girls city championship after two year hiatus
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew co-captains Brooklyn Mackar (14) and Brianna Thompson (11) lift the NCSSAA junior girls championship trophy after the Tigers downed the St. Mark Lions 42-24 on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The junior girls high school championship trophy is back in its rightful place after the St. Matthew Tigers beat the St. Mark Lions 42-24 on Thursday to reclaim the NCSAA junior girls basketball crown.

After taking up permanent residency in the St. Matthew display case from 2003 to 2009, the trophy has been absent form its perch for the past two campaigns.

Last year it went to Sacred Heart High School after the Huskies upset the Tigers in the semi-finals and went on to beat St. Peter in the final.

After last year's disappointing playoff loss, the Tigers were determined not to let history repeat itself. They swept through their opposition like a giant tsunami, winning all six of their regular season games by a comfortable margin. After dispatching Mother Teresa by 30 points in the semi-finals they set their sights on the Lions.

The Tigers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter against St. Mark and never looked back. They led by 13 at the half and kept their foot planted firmly on the gas pedal until the final buzzer brought the game to a merciful end.

In the lopsided first quarter the Tigers put up 15 shots and sunk eight of them while the Lions barely got off six shots and only made one, a three-pointer. A big part of the Lions' problem was their inability to challenge the Tigers under the glass. St. Matt's hauled in seven rebounds in the first quarter compared to just two by St. Mark's.

The Tigers cooled off considerably in the second quarter, sinking only two of 15 shots, including a three-pointer by Brianna Artihata, however, the Lions were unable to take advantage of the situation thanks to their own poor shooting. Despite the fact they managed to double their shot output from six to 12, they only made three of them which hardly made a dent in the deficit.

The Lions improved again in the third quarter, sinking four of 10 shots from the floor, but the Tigers managed to maintain a double digit lead with a pair of free throws and another three-point shot.

St. Matt's finally pulled away from St. Mark in the all-important fourth quarter, scoring 14 points compared to just seven for the visiting Lions.

Tigers coach Rick Despatie said the win was important for the players who fell short of their goal last season.

"They've been looking forward to this game all season," said Despatie. "The girls wanted to come back and win it."

St. Matthew Tigers pose for a team picture after winning the NCSSAA junior girls basketball championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Maddy Wakefield led all scorers for the Tigers with 14 points, while Brianna Arithara went 4-for-6 from the floor including three three-point shots for 11 points. Libby Peters added nine ponts and Brittany Mason, Brooklyn McAlear, Brianna Thompson and Hannah Powell had two points each.

The Lions were led by Michela Barresi with 10 points and Shanna Maguire with seven points.

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

PTS

#10 Maddy
Wakefield
7-16
0
0-0
5
0
2
0
14
#2 Brianna Arithara
4-6
3
0-0
2
0
0
0
11
#7 Libby Peters
3-13
1
2-2
3
0
1
0
9
#22 Brittany Mason
1-6
0
0-0
6
0
1
0
2
#14 Brooklyn
McAlear
1-5
0
0-0
7
1
3
0
2
#11 Brianna
Thompson
1-12
0
0-2
5
1
2
2
2
#9 Hannah Powell
1-1
0
0-0
1
0
1
0
2
#16 Jamie
MacDonald
0-1
0
0-0
1
0
0
0
0
#13 Carine Aupont
0-1
0
0-0
1
0
1
0
0
#5 Emma Scullion
0-1
0
0-0
2
0
0
0
0
#3 Noella Kazadi
0-1
0
0-0
1
0
0
0
0
Team totals
12-47
4
2-4
34
2
11
2
42

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

PTS

#3 Michela Barresi
4-15
1
1-2
10
0
3
2
10
#24 Shanna
Maguire
3-6
1
0-0
0
0
0
0
7
#11 Robyn Higgins
1-3
0
1-2
2
0
0
0
3
#22 C. Marshall
1-1
0
0-0
0
0
0
0
2
#14 E, Warren
0-5
0
2-4
9
0
1
0
2
#4 Emma Nolan
0-3
0
0-0
1
1
0
0
0
#13 Anyssa
Dinardo
0-3
0
0-0
2
0
0
1
0
#5 Andrea Seruna
0-4
0
0-0
2
0
1
0
0
#44 Emily Zandbelt
0-0
0
0-2
0
0
0
0
0
Team totals
9-40
2
4-10
26
1
5
3
24

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

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