'cats win high school championship in impressive fashion
By Fred Sherwin
Wilson's Michelle Ayotte pushes the ball up
the court duriing the NCSSAA junior girls
basketballl championship on Tuesday. Fred
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.
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.
those 11 games, they scored 50 or more points eight times
and held their opponents to single digits six times.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
the final buzzer sounded, the Wildcats had earned a well-deserved
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
was among the group of second year players on the Wildcats
who desperately wanted to erase the memory of last year's
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
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.
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."
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.
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
now the team will enjoy the first junior girls basketball
championship in the school's history.
Cairine Wilson Wildcats pose with the championship
trophy after winning the junior girls basketball
final on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
9 a.m., Nov. 25)
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