Bishop Mac hoops girls back in OFSAA AA tournament
WATERLOO – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics kept the streak of Guelph schools winning the CWOSSA high school AA senior girls’ basketball championship alive Saturday night by winning this year’s title with a 51-35 victory over the Galt CI Ghosts.
The win marks the 15th consecutive year a Guelph school has won the championship and claimed the accompanying berth in the OFSAA AA provincial championship tournament.
Of those wins, 14 were by Bishop Macdonell with the lone exception being 2016 when the Lourdes Crusaders won.
Rachel Guanzon led the Celtics in Saturday’s final with a 15-point outing while Maddie St. Denis netted 11.
Azaliah Colquhoun had 13 points for Galt and Kennedy Robinson added nine.
The Celtics gained their berth in the final with a 43-23 win over the Monsignor Doyle Mustangs of Cambridge in the semifinals. Maja Gadzinska had 13 points for Bishop Mac while Alicia Higgins contributed eight. Laura Barroso had nine for Monsignor Doyle and Brooke Cameron gathered eight.
Galt edged the Paris Panthers 34-32 in the other semifinal.
District 10-champion Bishop Mac won both of its games in Friday’s preliminary pool play. The Celtics defeated Galt 48-20 and St. Mary’s Mustangs of Owen Sound 51-18.
Higgins had 12 points and Tyla Timlock nine in the pool-play win over Galt while Higgins had 10 and Guanzon seven in the victory over St. Mary’s.
Bishop Mac advances to the three-day OFSAA tournament at London that starts Thursday.
The St. James Lions made it a sweep of the AA titles for Guelph schools as they took the junior final 45-13 over Galt.
Ella Farrelly had 19 points for the Lions while Elivia Garbuio chipped in with nine.
Maddy Brown had four for Galt.
St. James had defeated the Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne 49-28 in the semifinals while Galt got by the St. David Celtics of Waterloo 38-31.
Garbuio had 22 points for St. James and Amanda Lago contributed 12. Franny McGowan had nine for Centre Dufferin.
The Lions also had two wins in pool play as St. James dropped Galt 46-22 and Grey Highlands Lions of Flesherton 56-18.
Garbuio had 17 points in the pool-play win over Galt while Farrelly collected 10. Farrelly had 23 against Grey Highlands and Garbuio followed with 16.
Centre Dufferin also had two wins in pool play as the Royals defeated St. Mary’s of Owen Sound 24-20 and Pauline Johnson Thunderbirds of Brantford 37-25.
McGowan had 20 points in the win over St. Mary’s while Taylor Pate had the other four. McGowan had nine against Pauline Johnson and Pate added eight.
It’s the second consecutive year St. James has won the junior title and 16th straight year it’s been won by a Guelph school.
The Centennial Spartans reached the semifinals of the senior tournament before being ousted from the two-day tournament at Kitchener.
The Spartans were dropped 60-13 by eventual champion Brantford CI Mustangs.
Julia Zonneveld and Joanna Hui each had four points for Centennial.
Alannah Exelby led Brantford CI with 15 points while Kennedy Chisholm netted 10.
Brantford CI defeated the Kitchener-Waterloo CVS (KCI) Raiders 59-59 in the final.
The Spartans had a win and a loss in pool play as they lost 46-34 to KCI before beating Owen Sound DSS Wolves 42-30.
Jessica Zhu and Amy Gray each had eight points against KCI while Zhu had 13 against Owen Sound DSS.
The Orangeville Bears were edged 30-29 by the St. John’s Eagles of Brantford in the junior final.
Kendall MacGregor had eight points for Orangeville while Emilie Franz and O Stephenson each netted six.
Lauren Marcos led St. John’s with 15 points while Reilly Taylor had seven.
Orangeville downed the St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener 36-27 in the semifinals while St. John’s dropped the Huron Heights Huskies of Kitchener 50-36.
Franz had 11 points against St. Mary’s while Victoria Tesar added seven.
The Bears won both of their pool-play games as they slipped by Huron Heights 45-40 and dropped Owen Sound DSS 50-21.
MacGregor had 13 points in the win over Huron Heights while Franz added nine. Franz had 15 against Owen Sound DSS while Tesar contributed eight.
Last time a Guelph school won a AAA title was 1999 in senior when the Lourdes Crusaders prevailed and 2012 in junior when the Guelph CVI Green Gaels were champions.
St. James Lions won the CWOSSA AAAA senior title in 2003 and GCVI took the AAAA junior title in 2008.
For girls’ basketball, AAAA existed from 2002 until 2014.
Emmanuel Christian Eagles of Fergus suffered a loss in the senior semifinals of the one-day tournament at Kincardine.
The Eagles were defeated 51-31 by the Delhi DSS Raiders.
Janelle Vanleeuwen had 10 points for the Eagles.
Delhi advanced to the final where they were dumped 54-14 by the Woodland Christian Cavaliers of Breslau.
The Wellington Heights Wolverines of Mount Forest reached the junior final where they were downed 36-16 by the Rockway Mennonite Flames of Kitchener.
Madison Hibberd scored eight points for the Wolverines.
Sydney Iles had 10 points for the Wolverines in a 26-20 win in the semifinals.
- Guelph Sports Journal