Gryphon hoops women miss out on playoffs

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons fell short in their goal of qualifying for the OUA women’s basketball league’s playoffs when they were handed an 86-73 setback by the Waterloo Warriors Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

In the world of rating percentage index (RPI), the Gryphs had simply to beat Waterloo to gain a playoff berth. Win and you’re in, lose and you’re out.

The loss left the Gryphs in 14th in the RPI ratings at .4442 and Waterloo 13th at .4482. The York Lions were 12th at .4503 and the top 12 made the playoffs.

In win-loss terms, York and Guelph finished at 5-14 and Waterloo was at 6-14. As the West Division has five teams and the other three have four. West teams play one more regular-season game than all the other teams in the league.

The Gryphs never led after Megan Brenkel hit a jump shot midway through the first quarter to put the hosts up 14-13. Waterloo responded with 10 consecutive points to shoot ahead for good.

The Warriors were up 28-16 after the first quarter, 47-39 at halftime and 65-56 at the end of the third quarter before a delay of around half an hour when the gym had to be vacated when the fire alarm was sounded. It turned out to be a false alarm.

The break didn’t help the Gryphs any. They did manage to get the gap down to six points three or four times in the final quarter, but every time they did the Warriors would sink a couple of shots to get the lead back to double digits.

Brenkel finished the game with 18 points while Sarah Holmes had 15, Ashley Wheeler 14 and Samantha Renshaw 13 in her final game as a Gryph. Holmes had 13 rebounds and Wheeler nine while Brenkel had six assists and Holmes had two blocks.

Kristen Osborne led Waterloo with 22 points while Jenel Ulman had 21, Emily Wilk 15 and Guelph CVI grad Sydney Wilson had 10. Sofie Persson had seven rebounds and Wilson had six while Wilson also had four steals.

It’s the third time in four years the Gryphs have failed to qualify for the playoffs. They underwent a coaching change prior to the start of the season when Mark Walton replaced Christin Dickenson.

While all 14 players on the team are eligible to return next season, Renshaw won’t as she’s to graduate from her marine and freshwater biology course. Of the players on the roster, the veterans were guards Brenkel, Haley Belyk and Renshaw and forward Quincy Sickles-Jarvis who were each in their third year of eligibility.

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