Gryphon hoops women see things turn bad against Brock
GUELPH – Just when things were looking really good for the Guelph Gryphons, everything went really bad and the Gryphs ended up dropping a 76-67 decision to the Brock Badgers Saturday afternoon at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The loss was the third in a row for the Gryphs and it was their final match of 2021.
Brock 76 Guelph Gryphons 67
Renee Armstrong hit a jumper for the Gryphs with 4:58 to play to put the hosts ahead by five. However, they had four turnovers after that, mainly to Brock’s Victoria Lawrence who also recorded three steaks in the final five minutes.
The end result was that Brock, the defending league champions as they won the title in the 2019-2020 season, scored 14 consecutive points to take charge.
Lawrence, who came off the bench and had missed two shots in four minutes of play before the final quarter, scored 15 points for the Badgers, a total matched by Mackenzie Robinson. Jenneke Pilling and Samantha Keltos each had 13 and Bishop Mac grad Alicia Higgins had three.
Reece Mungar had a game-high 21 points for the Gryphs who played without Burke Bechard for the second consecutive game as she’s out with a knee injury. Armstrong netted 13 while Trinity Papamandjaris had nine, Natalie Vigna eight and MacKeely Shantz seven. Mungar and Armstrong started on the bench, but outscored the starters 34-31.
Shantz had seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals while Julia Colcavecchia had six rebounds and three steals and Armstrong also had two steals.
Keltos had eight rebounds and three blocks for Brock while Robinson had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, Madalyn Weinert had seven rebounds and three assists and Lawrence had three rebounds and four steals.
The Gryphs shot 39 percent on field goals, 30 percent on three-pointers and 88 percent on free throws. They also had 25 points off turnovers, four second-chance points and 36 points from their bench. They also surrendered 13 offensive rebounds to Brock and missed 16 shots when there was at least 15 seconds remaining on the shot clock.
The Badgers shot 40 percent on field goals, 39 percent on three-pointers and 73 percent on free throws. They also had 27 points off turnovers, 16 second-chance points and 24 points from their bench.
Brock leads the West Division at 7-0 and are followed by the Western Mustangs at 6-0, McMaster Marauders at 5-1, the Gryphs and Waterloo Warriors both at 3-3, Laurier Golden Hawks at 2-4, Windsor Lancers at 2-5, Lakehead Thunderwolves and Algoma Thunderbirds at 0-6.
The Gryphs are to start 2022 with a pair of home games against Algoma. They’re to play Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal