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Green Gaels look to bring junior success to senior court

GUELPH – The last time some of the players on the Guelph CVI Green Gaels’ senior girls’ basketball team were on a court for District 10 high school play, they were completing an unbeaten league season by winning the D10 junior title at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.

Two years and a week later those still playing D10 hoops were on the court at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School where they opened the senior league season with a 50-27 victory over the host Lourdes Crusaders.

First off, both teams were obviously happy to just be playing again after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 season.

“The girls are just really excited to be back and to be able to play,” Guelph CVI coach Halle Milne said. “I think that’s the most important thing right now is to just be able to do it because they haven’t been able to for so long. Last time they were playing they were juniors so I think they’re just all really happy to be back.”

There are five players on the senior Gaels this year that were on that junior championship-winning team.

“It’s a different team,” Milne said. “We’ve got more girls who are still kind of developing and we’ve lost a few players, but we’re still a very young team. We’re just keeping positive and working with what we’ve got.”

With seven teams in the league, each team will have a six-game regular season and the regular season counts for a little more this year. In the past every team in the league would qualify for the playoffs. Not so this time around as the quarterfinals have been scrapped and the top four qualify for the semifinals.

“It’s very fast,” Milne said. “We only play six regular-season games so every game matters. Unlike the regular seasons when we would’ve had some time to kind of work through things, it’s going to be a lot faster and every game counts so we’re going to make it count.”

The semifinals are to be played Dec. 9 and the championship game is slated for Dec. 14.

For the Crusaders, Tuesday’s game was their first in senior since 2018 as they didn’t field a senior squad in 2019.

Tuesday, the Gaels jumped ahead early as they led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter and the stretched the advantage to 30-15 by halftime. GCVI was up 38-21 after the third quarter.

Acadia Tremain led the Gaels with 17 points while Nicole Carbone had 11, Nyssa Mathews added eight and Eve Elford netted seven.

Melia Tessel connected for seven points for Lourdes while Camryn Mulder followed with six and Meagan Mulligan added four.

 

Bishop Macdonell 40 Ross 21

Shaelyn Mitchell led Bishop Mac with 13 points while Jamie Fraser collected eight.

Devin Eddy had 10 for Ross and Susannah Faith-Morris netted three.

 

Centennial 57 Orangeville 16

Jocelyn Newby had a game-high 22 points for Centennial.

Taya Williamson led Orangeville with seven.

 

Junior

St. James 39 Centre Wellington 28

Arielle Balmelero hit for a game-high 29 points for St. James while Halli Kerklaan added seven.

Jorja Yake and Rachel Pegg each had seven for Centre Wellington.

 

Guelph CVI 55 Lourdes 28

Samantha Aljoc struck for 15 points for Guelph CVI while Phoebe James and Jasmin Liban netted 10 apiece.

Liv Doucette had 12 for Lourdes. She was followed by Zoe Penny with five and Ciara Hayne with four.

 

Ross 40 Bishop Macdonell 33

Sierra Curvan paced Ross with 10 points while Leah Van Milligan and Victoria Veinot had nine apiece.

Bishop Mac received 11 from Nikole Mija and 10 from Sydney Richardson.

 

Orangeville 42 Centennial 28

Firth had 18 points for Orangeville and Miller added 11.

Davey had 12 for Centennial.

First names were not reported.

 

  • Guelph Sports Journal