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Gaels put lessons to use in senior semifinal victory

GUELPH – The Guelph CVI Green Gaels learned a few things in their regular-season finale Tuesday against the St. James Lions that they used Thursday when the teams met again in a District 10 senior girls’ basketball semifinal at GCVI.

While the Gaels won Tuesday to earn the right to host the semifinal, the biggest thing they might have learned was not to leave their scoring too late as they didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter.

Thursday’s semifinal was different. The hosts grabbed an eight-point lead in the first five minutes of the game on their way to a 49-33 triumph and a berth in next Tuesday’s championship game.

GCVI led 14-6 after five minutes of play, 19-10 at the end of the first quarter, 27-15 at halftime and 40-25 after the third quarter.

Another thing they wanted to concentrate on was their defensive play.

“We knew we wanted to work our zone again because it worked well last time,” GCVI coach Halle Milne said. “Tonight it worked really well. We were talking to each other which was the most important thing in our zone. We’re really happy with our result.”

Acadia Tremain led the Gaels with 23 points while Nyssa Matthews added 11. Both sank three three-pointers. Nicole Carbone and Eve Elford each hit six points and Claudia Durbin had three.

Elivia Garbuio and junior call-up Ariel Balmelero each had nine points for the Lions while Amelia Glaab had eight as she sank a basket in each quarter. Savannah Hovell sank a pair of shots in the fourth quarter and then celebrated her first two buckets of the season while Eva Wenger had three points.

Free-throw buckets were practically non-existent in the game as GCVI had all three free-throw points collected in the game.

The win puts GCVI into Tuesday’s championship game against the Centennial Spartans. Centennial finished first at the completion of the regular season with a 6-0 record while the Gaels were second at 5-1, the lone defeat being a 61-20 loss to the Spartans Nov. 30.

“We just need to come out with energy because that’s what was lacking last time we played them and just staying positive and just keeping that energy because it gets us going and will get us a good run,” Milne said. “Just come out strong.”

The Spartans wouldn’t have learned much about the Gaels in that regular-season match.

“It was not our best showing,” Milne said.

Centennial will be looking for its first D10 senior title since 2014 while the Gaels are in Toronto Maple Leafs’ Stanley Cup-winning territory as they haven’t taken the honours since 1969.

Parity in the league shows as five schools have won the title in the last six seasons – Centennial in 2014, Ross Royals in 2015, Lourdes Crusaders in 2016, Bishop Macdonell Celtics in 2017 and 2018 and St. James in 2019.

Game time for Tuesday’s final at Centennial is 4:15 p.m. Due to pandemic protocols, spectators are not allowed.

 

Centennial 50 Bishop Macdonell 24

The Spartans remained unbeaten with the semifinal victory.

Jocelyn Newby led the Spartans with 23 points while Bodhana Sivagurunathan collected seven.

Madeline Tavares had 10 for Bishop Mac and Martina Gazzola netted six.

 

Junior

The Centennial Spartans rallied in the fourth quarter with a 24-20 surprise victory over the Guelph CVI Green Gaels.

The Spartans had finished fourth at the completion of the regular season at 4-3 while the Gaels had won all seven of their games to finish first.

The match was a slow-scoring one throughout. The Gaels led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, 9-4 at halftime and 18-12 at the end of the third quarter.

The Spartans tied the score with three baskets in the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter. The score was still tied (20-20) with just over two minutes to go before Centennial scored the winning baskets.

Julia Everitt led the Spartans with eight points while Jenna Davey had five and Zahra Hussain had four.

Jayden Goudreau led the Gaels with six points while Molly Hannay had five and Jasmine Lisban added three.

 

Orangeville 44 Ross 39

Avery Miller led Orangeville in the semifinal with 29 points while Katie Firth collected 11.

Leah Van Milligen had 12 points for Ross while Charlie Capper gathered 11.

With Toffer Treiguts coaching both the senior and junior teams at Centennial, the junior final has been moved to Wednesday. It’s to go Wednesday at Orangeville starting at 3:45 p.m.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal