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Gaels seniors secure home court for rematch with Lions

GUELPH – Both the Guelph CVI Green Gaels and St. James Lions knew that a home game in Thursday’s District 10 high school senior girls’ basketball semifinals was on the line Tuesday at GCVI in their final game of the regular season.

Both knew they’d be playing each other in that semifinal.

The end result was that the Gaels and Lions battled evenly throughout their Tuesday match with the hosts finally getting a winning advantage in the fourth quarter for a 42-37 victory.

“The home gym is nice, we practise here, but we’re going to bring it all the same,” GCVI coach Halle Milne said. “Today was really just practice for Thursday because we knew we were going to see them on Thursday so this was just to try some things out, see what they were like and go from there.”

Both teams knew that they didn’t really want to give away any secrets that could bring their season to an end Thursday. But both teams likely saw some area of their own game that could be improved or an area of the opponent’s game that could be exploited.

“We’ve got some things to work on in practice tomorrow,” Milne said.

This season has been a different one with its late start, a regular season half the length of a normal season and empty gyms as spectators are not allowed at the games. That means teams have to make up for the lack of the emotion usually brought by the crowd.

“For us, it’s just talking to each other and making sure there is a presence in the gym no matter what,” Milne said. “Without a crowd, that’s talking to each other and being loud on the floor and I think that helps immensely.”

Tuesday, St. James led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the teams were tied 19-19 at halftime and 31-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Acadia Tremain led the Gaels with 18 points, six coming on a pair of three-pointers she drained in the final quarter. Nicole Carbone had nine with Nyssa Matthews adding seven and Eve Elford getting five.

Eva Wenger had 17 for the Lions while Elivia Garbuio had 11 and Amelia Glaab four.

The teams are to meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in their semifinal at GCVI.

 

Centennial 46 Ross 14

Centennial completed an unbeaten regular season with the win while the loss left Ross in fifth.

Kayla Hooper had 14 points for the Spartans while Jocelyn Newby netted 12.

Devin Eddy had seven for Ross.

 

Bishop Macdonell 43 Lourdes 23

Bishop Mac secured the fourth and final playoff berth with the win.

“We really tightened up our defence today which helped us,” Bishop Mac coach Craig Valeriote said. “We only allowed eight points in the first half and that sets you up for success every time. Focusing on rebounding defensively and our defence, that’s going to help us a lot.”

The Celtics pulled away in the second half after a low-scoring first half.

The Celtics were up 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, 15-8 at halftime and 30-18 after the third quarter.

Martina Gazzola connected for 14 points for the Celtics and was followed by Madeline Tavares with 13, Shaelyn Mitchell with seven and Jamie Fraser with five.

Alex Tessier and Camryn Mulder each had six for Lourdes.

The Celtics finished fourth in the final standings and are to play the first-place and undefeated Spartans at Centennial in a semifinal Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

“They’re a great team and it’s going to be a tough game,” Valeriote said. “We’ve got to come out and just work hard, take care of defence and rebounding and that’ll put us in an opportunity to have a chance.”

Semifinal winners are to meet in the league’s championship game next Tuesday at the home of the highest-ranked semifinal victors.

 

Standings

 

W

L

T

P

Centennial

6

0

0

12

Guelph CVI

5

1

0

10

St. James

4

2

0

8

Bishop Macdonell

3

3

0

6

Ross

2

4

0

4

Orangeville

1

5

0

2

Lourdes

0

6

0

0

 

Junior

Guelph CVI 55 St. James 24

Guelph CVI capped off an unbeaten regular season with the victory.

The teams had been tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter before the Gaels went ahead 23-18 by halftime and stretched their lead to 37-19 by the end of the third quarter.

Jasmin Lisban had 17 points for the Gaels while Phoebe James and Molly Hannay each added 14.

Arielle Balmelero had a game-high 20 for the Lions.

The Gaels are to host the Centennial Spartans in the semifinals Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

 

Orangeville 67 Centre Wellington 20

Orangeville secured a runner-up finish in the standings with the victory.

Katie Firth had 22 points for the Bears while Avery Miller had 18 and R. Beattie added 13.

Rachel Pegg had nine for Centre Wellington.

The Bears are to host the Ross Royals in the semifinals Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

Winners Thursday are to advance to next Tuesday’s championship game. It’ll be held at the home of the highest-surviving semifinal winner.

 

Lourdes 53 Bishop Macdonell 44

Liv Doucette struck for 18 points for Lourdes while Ciara Hayne had 10, Mckenna Codrington added eight and Zoe Penny and Sophie Power-Rossi each hit for six.

Sydney Richardson had 18 for Bishop Mac while Nicole Mija picked up six and Tallya Kridli had four.

 

Ross 47 Centennial 43

Ross moved ahead of Centennial and into third place in the standings while Centennial finished fourth.

The two teams had entered the game with identical won-loss records and produced a tight battle.

Abby Blashuk led Ross with 13 points while Vic Veinot had nine.

Jenna Davey collected 19 for Centennial with nine going to Julia Everitt.

Both teams are to be visiting squads in Thursday’s semifinals as Ross is to play at Orangeville and Centennial is to play at GCVI.

 

Standings

 

W

L

T

P

Guelph CVI

7

0

0

14

Orangeville

6

1

0

12

Ross

5

2

0

10

Centennial

4

3

0

8

Lourdes

3

4

0

6

Bishop Macdonell

2

5

0

4

St. James

1

6

0

2

Centre Wellington

0

7

0

0

 

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