Tigers win third NCSSAA hoops crown in four years
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers are heading back to the OFSAA 'AA'
girls basketball championships after finishing the regular
season with a perfect 10-0 record.
The Lady Tigers are in top form having run the table against
all comers in the National Capital Secondary School Athletic
Association including wins over the AAA champion St. Francis
Xavier Coyotes and Quad-A tilte holders Longfields-Davidson.
Team roster Brooklyn McAlear, Elizabeth Peters,
Brianna Thompson, Maddie Wakefield, Alexis
Yorke, Brittany Mason, Megan Kardos, Brianna
Arichara and Cierra Carey. Not pictured: coaches
Rick Despatie and Chris Wakefield. Photo supplied
Rick Despatie says the team is hoping to improve on their
consolation final appearance at last year's OFSAA tournament
by advancing to the semi-finals.
playing with a lot of confidence right now. We just came
back from a tournament in Toronto where we beat a very
good U19 team and one of the best midget teams in the
province," says Despatie.
big reason for the team's success is their ability to
play an aggressive defence and turn turnovers into points.
have one of the next transition games out there. We're
quick and we shoot well," says Despatie.
are also incredibly unselfish and they very seldom, if
ever, get into foul trouble, which is an important trait
to have when you only have three players coming off the
enrollment hovering around 700, St. Matt's is by far the
smallest schools in the NCSSAA's OFSAA division which
makes their continued success that much more remarkable.
only lost twice in the past four years - once during the
regular season in 2013 and again in the 2012 championship
game when they were unable to come back from a dreadful
OFSAA championships will be the last hurrah for four of
the team's starters. Brooklyn McAlear, Maddie Wakefield,
Elizabeth Peters and Brianna
Thompson are all graduating this year.
9:30 a.m., Nov. 14)
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