This time Gryphon hoops women win close one

GUELPH – Another close one for the Guelph Gryphons, but this time they came out on top in their OUA women’s basketball contest with the Laurier Golden Hawks Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

Megan Brenkel hit a free throw with seven seconds to play to give the Gryphs a 64-63 victory for their first win of 2018. The locals had dropped a pair of games, each by two points, to the Lakehead Thunderwolves at Thunder Bay last weekend.

The Gryphs and Laurier battled evenly throughout the match with the largest lead being the seven-point advantage the Golden Hawks had midway through the third quarter, but the hosts clawed that back. Guelph’s largest lead in the game that saw the lead change sides 13 times was the four-point margin they enjoyed three minutes into the game.

Guelph led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and 33-32 at halftime and the teams were tied 49-49 at the end of the third quarter.

The Gryphs had four players hit double figures in scoring as Burke Bechard had 16, Brenkel 14, Quincy Sickles-Jarvis 12 and Ivana Vujadinovic 10. Haley Belyk added eight. Bechard grabbed 14 rebounds while Vujadinovic and Brenkel had eight apiece. Vujadinovic also had four assists, two steals and two blocks while Bechard had four assists. Belyk and Skyla Minaker each had two steals and Ashley Wheeler had three blocks.

Nicole Morrison led all scorers with 24 points for Laurier while Jill Condron had 12 and Rachel Woodburn had nine. Condron had 10 rebounds while Morrison had six assists and four steals and Tayania Siwek-Smith had three blocks.

The Gryphs shot 35 per cent in the game, about six per cent better than Laurier. Both teams struggled on three-point shots as they combined to make eight of 39 attempts. The Golden Hawks had one more free throw than the Gryphs and they made it as they hit 14 of 20 while Guelph hit 13 of 19.

The result leaves the Gryphs and Laurier tied for fifth in the West Division at 6-7.

The Windsor Lancers (9-3), McMaster Marauders (9-4), Lakehead (8-4) and Western Mustangs (7-5) hold the top four positions in the division.

The Gryphs are to host Windsor Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal