Matt's Tigers hold on to girls 'AA' basketball championship
By Fred Sherwin
ot the St. Matthew Tigers pose for a team
photo after winning the 'AA' championship
on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the start of Wednesday's senior girls 'AA' basketball
championship between the St. Matthew Tigers and the Merivale
Marauders, Tigers head coach Rick Despatie warned that
his team had been playing poorly coming into the final
and that the outcome was very much in doubt.
it turned out he needn't have worried. Despite losing
six of their last eight games heading into the final,
the Tigers played like world beaters against the Marauders.
Led by Brittany Mason who scored a game high 20 points,
the Tigers went on a 14-0 run to start the game and never
to the Tigers' tenacious play on defence the Marauders
didn't get on hte scoreboard until 6:40 into the first
quarter. By the time the first stanza had ended the Tigers
had an impressive 16-4 lead.
story was much the same in the second quarter during which
the Tigers poured in another 14 points. The Marauders
were a little better on offence, scoring eight points,
but barring a complete collapse by St. Matts the writing
was already on the wall, or to be more accurrate, the
had the hot hand for the Tigers in the first half, scoring
11 of her team's 30 points, while Briana Arichara scored
Marauders continued to improve in the third quarter scoring
10 points, but it wasn't enough to close the gap as the
Tigers did them two better to extend their lead to 44-22
heading into the fourth and final stanza.
the end the Tigers cruised to a 49-30 win, led by Mason's
20 points. Arichara added 12 points, including a pair
of three-point shots, and Aidah Katende scored six points.
Hanna Dudley, Holly Cornfield and Ciara Carey also contriibuted
offensively with two points each.
Tigers will now move on to their third provincial
championship in a row and fourth OFSAA tournament in the
last five years.
8:30 a.m., Nov. 20)
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