p.m., Feb. 9)
AA Wolverines strike gold in Mike O'Connor Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
The Gloucester Wolverines' Emma Jane Scotten
drives past a much taller Brockville Blazers
player during the Atom AA final at the GCBA's
Mike O'Connor Memorial Tournament on Sunday.
can forgive the Brockville Blazers if they don't want
to see the Gloucester Wolverines again anytime soon.
weeks after the Blazers were booted out of their own tournament
by the Wolverines in the semi-finals, they would suffer
the same fate again on Sunday only this time in the finals
in a tournament hosted by Glouvcester.
outsized by the visiting Blazers, the Wolverines played
with the same tenacity and ferociousness as the animal
they're named after in grinding out a 28-25 win in the
Atom AA final of the Mike O'Connor Memorial Tournament.
to a clutch basket by Valerie Sabourin with three seconds
left to go in the first shift of the opening quarter,
the Wolverines only trailed by a point as the second flight
of players took the floor.
would take the lead early in the second half of the first
quarter on a basket by Lootii Keri. They then extended
their advantage to 10-5 on a pair of heads-up plays by
scored on a put back on the first play after hauling down
a huge offensive rebound and then she made a picture perfect
dish to Kristen Davidson who was able to convert the easy
layup on the Wolverines next trip down the floor.
two teams then exchanged free throws in the final minute
of the quarter to make the score 11-7 in favour of Gloucester.
The Gloucester Wolverines pose for a team
picture after winning the Atom AA final in
the Mike O'Connor Memorial Tournament on Sunday.
Wolverines continued to out rebound and out hustle the
Blazers in the first flight of the second quarter lead
by their smallest and youngest member Catrina Garvey who
over the course of her four minute shift forced a key
turnover on an over and back, drew a charge and scored
a basket to give her team a five point cushion heading
into the second flight of the quarter.
Wolverines would increase their lead to 19-12 by halftime
on a basket by Annik Winder and a free throw from Emily
Blazers drew to within five with a basket early in the
third quarter, but a bucket and a free throw by Gay would
increase the Wolverines' advantage to eight points by
the midway mark.
neither team scored during the second four minute shift
of the third quarter, the Wolverines still had a comfortable
lead heading into the fourth.
second basket of the game early in the final stanza would
give the Wolverines their biggest lead of the game, but
is was short-lived as the Blazers responded with a basket
of their own and a free throw to narrow the deficit to
seven heading into the final shift of the game.
Blazers were able to get to within four with a pair of
free throws and a bucket against only one free throw for
the Wolverines when Gay blocked a shot and the steal to
shift the momentum back in Gloucester's favour.
Emma Jane Scotten hit an insurance free throw in the waning
moments, the Blazers ended the game on a buzzer beater
to make the final score 28-25 for the hosts.
coach Mike Scotten attributed the win to his players ability
to execute without the ball.
think it came down to really good defence and rebounding.
When you play really good team defence and boxing out
your going to be successful," said Scotten.
scored a team high six points, while Sabourin and Nicholds
scored four points each.
Blazers top scorer was Abigail Douglas with nine points.
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