Celtics keep an eye on a third-place finish
GUELPH – The Bishop Macdonell Celtics kept their hopes of a third-place finish in the District 10 high school senior girls’ basketball league’s final standings alive as they held off the Ross Royals 47-36 Tuesday at Bishop Mac.
That win combined by a victory by the Orangeville Bears over the St. James Lions kept Bishop Mac in the running for third. They’re at 7-4 while St. James is at 8-3 and the two teams are to meet Thursday at St. James at 3:45 p.m. St. James beat Bishop Mac by a point Oct. 8.
As it turns out, all three of Thursday’s games will decide the final finishing positions of the combatants.
Orangeville Bears (9-2) are to play the Centennial Spartans (10-1) at Centennial at 5:30 p.m. Centennial won by three at Orangeville Oct. 8. The first-place finisher gets a bye in the quarter-finals.
The Guelph CVI Green Gaels (0-11) are to host the Centre Wellington Falcons (1-10) at 5:30 p.m. Centre Wellington won by 35 on their home court Oct. 8.
Ross (4-8) finished its regular season Tuesday and will finish fifth.
The Celtics feel they’re headed in the right direction in time for next week’s D10 playoffs. The quarter-finals are set for Tuesday, semifinals next Thursday and the final Nov. 9 at the University of Guelph.
“It’s what I expected,” Bishop Mac coach Dwight Higgins said of the Celtics’ season. “I knew it was going to be a tough season. I knew the top four teams were going to be equally matched and it’s shown itself that it is. Going into next week, it’s going to be tough. I think it’s anybody’s game. Any of the top four can win it. We just have to make sure we’re prepared going forward.”
The tightness at the top of the D10 league can be a bit of a bonus for whichever teams head on to the CWOSSA AAA and AA tournaments.
“It’s nice. It makes it competitive,” Higgins said. “There’s no sure team that’s going to win and that’s what makes it exciting. I was looking forward to this season because I knew this season was going to be like this.
“Whoever comes out, it’ll be good practise for them because they will have been playing stiff competition all season. Whoever gets out will represent District 10 really well.”
Tuesday, the Celtics led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, 21-13 at halftime and 34-24 at the end of the third quarter. The Royals ran off the first seven points of the final quarter to get the gap down to three points, but they wouldn’t get any closer in the final six minutes of the game.
“Ross is not an easy team to beat,” coach Higgins said. “Ross is the type of team that keeps coming at you. The girls did well. They matched the intensity and they kept on going and we were able to squeeze out a win.”
Alicia Higgins led the Celtics with 21 points while Allie Churchill had six and Madeline Tavares and Tyla Timlock netted five apiece.
Sarah Hopkins hit for 12 for Ross while Brooklyn Cracknell had nine and Lindsay Stewart added five.
Centennial 47 Centre Wellington 13
Sarah Cobey collected 22 points for Centennial.
Josie Hayward had nine for Centre Wellington.
Orangeville 56 St. James 47
Alina Dineley of Orangeville led all scorers with 23 points.
Grace Mencfeld had 16 for St. James.
Guelph CVI 35 Lourdes 2
Acadia Tremain and Sierra Oliver picked up six points apiece for GCVI.
Tolu Adeosun had the basket for Lourdes.
Centennial 49 Centre Wellington 26
Kayla Hooper dropped in 13 points for Centennial.
Cass Tindall had nine for Centre Wellington.
Orangeville 41 St. James 16
Taya Williamson gathered 15 points for Orangeville.
Melia Plozzer had six for St. James.
- Guelph Sports Journal