Wolverines win Major Atom AAA bronze on a shot and a prayer
By Fred Sherwin
Lauckner led the Gloucester Wolverines with
seven points in their bronze medal win over
the Ottawa Shooting Stars on Sunday. Fred
Gloucester-Cumberland Wolverines U12 AAA girls team went
into the GCBA Mike O'Connor Tournament on the weekend
hoping to compete for a gold medal, instead the very nearly
losing their opening round robin game 19-14 to the Ottawa
Shooting Stars, they had to win their next two games to
make it into the quarterfinals where they beat ONL Kanata
Sunday's semi-final game, the second seeded Wolverines
were in tough against a white hot Belleville Spirits squad
that was coming off a huge quarterfinal upset over the
number one seed Vaillantes.
fate would have it, the Wolverines suffered the same fate
as the Vaillantes, losing 31-18 to the Spirits which relegated
them to the bronze medal game and a rematch with the Shooting
Wolverines only led once through the first three and a
half quarters and were trailing by a seemingly insurmountable
six points with four minutes to go when they mounted a
comeback sparked by Rory Lauckner's second basket of the
stopping the Shooting Stars on the ensuing possession,
the Wolverines got the ball into the hands of Marika Schryburt
who scored a deuce to make it a one possession game.
an aggressive defense and stong rebounding, the Wolverines
managed to keep the Shootings Stars from scoring but tthey
were unable to take advantage of their own opportunities,
misfiring on a pair of lay-ups that would have tied the
less than a minute to go, Jessica Wangolo managed to get
to the foul line and sank the back end of a one-and-one
to make it a one point game.
followed was a wild finish that had the parents, coaches
and fans on both sides on the edge of their seats.
a mad scramble under the Shooting Stars basket, Wangolo
was fouled again, sending her to the line to tie the game
or possibly give the Wolverines the lead. Unfortunately
she was unable to convert either shot and the ball was
back in Ottawa's court.
time winding down the Wolverines only chance was to force
a turnover, which they did when the Shooting Stars were
whistled for holding the ball against an effective Wolverine
the change of possession, the ball made its way into the
hands of Hanah Vesely who threw up a prayer from 15 feet
out that was answered when the ball dropped through the
hoop to give the Wolverines the win.
the game, Wolverines head coach Hans Schryburt credited
all 11 girls on his team for the big win.
showed great heart. They showed great hustle. It was a
full team effort," said Schryburt.
two teams have played each other four times so far this
season, with both teams winning twice. They will face
each other again in a regular season match-up on Feb.
20 and potentially yet again in the Eastern Ontario Basketball
10:30 p.m., Feb. 8)
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