Home teams post wins in girls’ basketball quarter-finals
GUELPH – There were no huge surprises in the District 10 high school senior girls’ basketball league quarter-finals Tuesday as the home teams all prevailed.
While the first-place Centennial Spartans had a bye in the quarter-finals, second-place Orangeville Bears, third-place St. James Lions and fourth-place Bishop Macdonell Celtics each had wins.
As expected, the closest game was the match between the Bishop Macdonell Celtics and the fifth-place Ross Royals at Bishop Mac. The Celtics prevailed 37-28 in a defensive battle.
“The key was just defence,” Bishop Mac’s Tyla Timlock said. “Our defence really just brings our offence and if we have good defence, then our offence is really good. The key is defence.”
“It was a pretty defensive game, but we pulled out the victory,” Celtics’ coach Dwight Higgins said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take the victory.”
Bishop Mac led 9-5 at the end of the first quarter, 20-10 at halftime and 30-20 after three quarters.
Timlock and Alicia Higgins each had 14 points for Bishop Mac while Madeline Tavares netted three. Timlock and Higgins also combined for all 10 of the points the Celtics scored on free throws and Timlock had eight of them.
“Every practice, (coach) has us at the line and after we run sprints, too, so when we’re tired we get to take some shots,” Timlock said.
“At the end of every practice, we take our foul shots,” coach Higgins said.
Megan Beamish had eight points for Ross while Drue Costello and Abby May each had five and Sarah Hopkins added four.
The two-time defending champion Celtics entered the playoffs on a bit of a high after a tournament win in Richmond Hill last weekend.
“We’ve had some struggles, but our key is just to work hard,” Timlock said. “lately we’ve been fairly good. We had a tournament this weekend and we won gold and now we’re just on fire from that.”
By winning Tuesday, the Celtics get to play the first-place Centennial Spartans at Centennial at 5:40 p.m. in Thursday’s semifinals. Some of the Spartans watched most of the quarter-final at Bishop Mac to see who they might be hosting.
“It’ll be hard, but we’re working really hard so it’ll be a good match,” Timlock said.
“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re just going to have to bring it,” coach Higgins said. “It’s not going to be an easy game. Through the season it’s been a four- or two-point spread, but if you don’t bring your game they could easily just walk away with the victory so we have to make sure that we’re mentally ready and physically ready to play.”
The other semifinal Thursday has St. James playing the Bears in Orangeville at 4 p.m.
Thursday’s winners are to play in the senior final Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
St. James 64 Centre Wellington 47
Grace Mencfeld led the Lions by scoring half their points as she netted 32 points. Amanda Lago added 14.
Josie Hayward had 19 for sixth-place Centre Wellington and Frances Walkensperg contributed 16.
Orangeville 70 Guelph CVI 29
Kendal McGregor connected for 18 points for Orangeville and Alicia Bowering chipped in with 16.
Eve Elford had 18 for seventh-place GCVI.
It was much the same in the junior league as the home teams posted the wins.
Second-place Ross, third-place Centennial and fourth-place Orangeville picked up the wins to advance to the semifinals.
Ross is to host Centennial Thursday at 3:40 p.m. in one of the semifinals while GCVI is to host Orangeville in the other one at 4 p.m.
Semifinal winners advance to Saturday’s 6 p.m. final at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
Ross 47 St. James 15
Susannah Morris and Bronwyn Sweeney each collected 13 points for Ross.
Eva Wagner had five for seventh-place St. James while Melia Plozzer added three.
Centennial 35 Lourdes 24
Kayla Hooper struck for 15 points for Centennial.
Ashley Pallaya had 12 for sixth-place Lourdes.
Orangeville 35 Centre Wellington 29
M. Wilson led Orangeville with 10 points.
Cass Tindall gathered 14 for fifth-place Centre Wellington.
- Guelph Sports Journal