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Junior Girls Basketball
Junior 'cats win high school championship in impressive fashion
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cairine Wilson's Michelle Ayotte pushes the ball up the court duriing the NCSSAA junior girls basketballl championship on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

When the Cairine Wilson Wildcats junior girls basketball team fell one game short of making it to the championship final last year, the first year players made a commitment to do whatever it took to not only get back to the final but win it all.

Led by their dedicated and passionate head coach Kerra Wadley, the returning Wildcats were joined by a talented group of first year players and together they completely dominated their opponents, winning all 11 of their regular season games by an average of 40 points.

In those 11 games, they scored 50 or more points eight times and held their opponents to single digits six times.

In the two games leading up to Monday's final against the Sir Robert Borden Bengals, the Wildcats beat Longfields-Davidson Heights 50-13 in the quarterfinals and Ecole secondaire Garneau 62-33 in the semis.

The Bengals were supposed to present the Wildcats with their toughest challenge yet. The West Conference champions had averaged 51 points a game during the regular season and swept through the playoffs beating both the Ashbury Colts (56-28) and the Nepean Knights (48-37).

If Tuesday's final was supposed to be a high-scoring, back and forth slugfest between two evenly matched teams, someone forgot to tell the Wildcats. Cairine Wilson came out like a house on fire and totally dominated the Bengals in front of more than 250 enthusiastic fans.

By the end of the first quarter the Wildcats were up 12-2. They extended their lead to 17-2 early in the second stanza before the Bengals finally scored their second basket which they parlayed into a mini 5-2 run. By the time the first half ended the Bengals had cut the Wildcats' lead to 25-16, but that would be as close as they would get.

The Wildcats blew the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring the Bengals 18-8, including a three-point buzzer beater by Michelle Ayotte. They would go on a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 55-24, before both teams started subbing in their bench players.

When the final buzzer sounded, the Wildcats had earned a well-deserved 57-25 win.

As an indication of the team's depth, no fewer than eight players contributed to the Wildcats' win, starting with Kayza Massey who scored a game high 15 points. Nanveet Sandhu added 13 points and Sylvie Strong contributed eight points.

Ayotte was among the group of second year players on the Wildcats who desperately wanted to erase the memory of last year's disappointing ending.

"We've been talking about it all season," Ayotte said after she and her fellow co-captains accepted the championship trophy. "It was like 'Okay, we didn't make it this far last year, let's prove that we can go all the way this year."

For their head coach, the Wildcats' success has been due to the players unselfishness and their willingness to play defence first and let the score take care of itself.

"There's not a spotlight on any one of them, because if they care about the jersey they will play for everybody else and not themselves," said Wadley. "Our success comes down to how hard we work on defence and that our defence should be the best in the city and when it is we win championships."

As for the team's future goals, Wadley says the aim is to move up to the senior girls OFSAA division next year and qualify for the provincial championships.

"The goal is, and it has been since they walked in the gym, is that we want to go to OFSAA," says Wadley. "We have a special crew and that's been the expectation from day one."

For now the team will enjoy the first junior girls basketball championship in the school's history.

The Cairine Wilson Wildcats pose with the championship trophy after winning the junior girls basketball final on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(Posted 9 a.m., Nov. 25)

 

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