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U12 Wolverines win Major Atom AAA bronze on a shot and a prayer
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Rory Lauckner led the Gloucester Wolverines with seven points in their bronze medal win over the Ottawa Shooting Stars on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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 left empty-handed.

After 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 27-15.

In 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.

As 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 Stars.

The 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 game.

After 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.

Employing 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 score.

With 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.

What followed was a wild finish that had the parents, coaches and fans on both sides on the edge of their seats.

During 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.

With 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 press.

On 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.

After the game, Wolverines head coach Hans Schryburt credited all 11 girls on his team for the big win.

"They showed great heart. They showed great hustle. It was a full team effort," said Schryburt.

The 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 Association playoffs.

(Posted 10:30 p.m., Feb. 8)

 

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