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Gryphon hoops women fall to Western in OT

LONDON – The Guelph Gryphons completed their OUA women’s basketball regular season with a 91-83 loss in overtime to the Western Mustangs at Western’s Alumni Hall Saturday.

The result left the Gryphons third in the West Division standings at 10-4 while Western finished second at 12-2 and gave the Mustangs a bye in the opening round of the playoffs.

Western 91 Guelph Gryphons 83 (OT)

The Gryphs started the game red hot as they shot 82 percent from the floor for a 22-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead to 11 points, their largest of the game, midway through the second quarter. However, they hit 35 percent from the floor in that quarter as their lead shrank to 36-33 at halftime.

The margin grew by a pair of points by the end of the third quarter (59-54) on 50 percent shooting. It was still a five-point advantage with 1:20 to go in regulation time before former Gryph Ashley Wheeler put a layup in for Western with 66 seconds to play and Madalyn Picton of the Mustangs drained a three-pointer with 47 seconds to play to create a 78-79 deadlock at the end of the fourth quarter.

The extra five-minute period was all Western as the Mustangs hit three three-pointers and a layup before the Gryphs managed a basket midway through the period. The Gryphs shot 22 percent in overtime.

Burke Bechard led the Gryphs with 27 points in the game while MacKeely Shantz had 22 and Trinity Papamandjari and Natalie Vigna each had 10. Papamanandjari grabbed 12 rebounds while Shantz had eight rebounds, a block and three steals and Bechard had seven rebounds. Skyla Minaker had six rebounds and five assists and Reece Mungar and Vigna each had a block.

Ariane Saumure had nine rebounds, two steals and 23 points for Western while Picton had four rebounds, six assists, a block and 21 points and Brett Fischer had 14 rebounds, a block, two steals and 20 points. Wheeler added 10 points and two blocks and Guelph native Jessica Morris had five rebounds and five assists.

The meeting was the second of the week between the two teams as the Gryphs had defeated the Mustangs 77-62 at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre Wednesday.

The locals led that one 25-20 at the end of the first quarter, 39-31 at halftime and 60-45 after the third quarter. The Gryphs never trailed in the game.

Bechard hit for 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for Guelph while Vigna had 13 points and three rebounds, Shantz had 12 points and eight rebounds and Mungar had 10 points and three rebounds. Julia Colavecchia had seven points, four rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

Wheeler led Western with 19 points and four rebounds while Sarah Harvey had 17 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

The Gryphs, third seeds in the West Division, are to host the sixth-seed Windsor Lancers at the GGAC Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Gryphs opened their season with back-to-back wins over Windsor at the beginning of November, winning 85-58 at Windsor and 78-58 at home.

If the Gryphs win Wednesday, they’ll return to London for a game against the Mustangs Saturday in the division semifinals.

The division final is set for March 23 and the league final for the Critelli Cup is to go March 26.


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