Short-staffed Bears come back for victory in overtime

GUELPH – The Orangeville Bears rallied to slip by the St. James Lions 63-58 in District 10 high school senior girls’ basketball play Thursday at St. James.

The host Lions jumped into a 14-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and they extended it to 28-19 at halftime. The Lions were ahead 45-35 at the end of the third quarter, but Orangeville battled back to tie it at 58-58 by the end of regulation time. The Bears connected for all five points scored in the four-minute overtime.

Orangeville avoided foul trouble as much as possible, something they had to do with only six players suited up for the game.

“We only have six, but two are injured so we had to call up two from the juniors,” Orangeville coach Koven Padayachee said. “We’re trying to bring up one or two at a time. Our five players are really good and we had a good supporting cast, a bench, we’d be pretty tough. We’re in a tournament this weekend and I’m going to just have to play a zone, sit back. We’re just trying to get to the playoffs and we’ll hopefully have our whole team back.”

The lack of more than one player to substitute into the game means the Bears have to pace themselves during the game.

“They’ll work hard, but it’s just that they can only do it in spurts with no bench and no subs,” Padayachee said.

Despite the lack of players, the Bears are in the thick of the battle for top spot in the seven-team league. They’re third at 3-1 while the Centennial Spartans lead at a perfect 5-0 while the Bishop Macdonell Celtics are at 4-1. St. James is at 3-2 and lead the Ross Royals who are at 2-3 and both the Centre Wellington Falcons and Guelph CVI Green Gaels who are at 0-5.

“It’s evenly matched,” Padayachee said.

The Bears hit on the majority of their foul shots as they collected 19 points on free throws with 16 coming in the second half. St. James had seven points from the charity stripe. The Lions also had three players foul out.

Junior call-up Olivia Stephenson hit a three-pointer for the Bears with about 30 seconds to go in regulation time that sent the game into extra time.

“Shooting as poorly as we did and without two starters – we’re missing two starters – I’m happy to walk away with this win,” Padayachee said.

Alicia Bowering led the Bears with 22 points while Maggie Franz added 17.

Grace Mencfeld had a game-high 25 for St. James with 11 going to Olivia Brown and nine to Elivia Garbuio.


Bishop Macdonell 45 Ross 34

Alicia Higgins connected for 18 points for Bishop Mac while Tyla Timlock added 10.

Emma Capper netted eight for Ross while Sarah Hopkins had six.


Centennial 67 Centre Wellington 27

Sarah Cobey led Centennial with 18 points while Jocelyn Newby followed with 16.

Abby Taylor’s nine points topped the scoring list for Centre Wellington while Nicole Cudmore had four.



Guelph CVI 41 Lourdes 6

Ailsa Litchfield collected eight points to lead GCVI while Acadia Tremain had seven and Taya Thaher and Claudia Durbin each had six.

Ro Anne Eimar hit for four for Lourdes and Ashley Pallaya scored the other two.


Centennial 35 Centre Wellington 22

Kayla Hooper had 12 points for Centennial and Josie Morgan netted seven.

Cassidy Tindall collected nine for Centre Wellington and Julie Abra had six.


St. James 38 Orangeville 32

Eva Wenger’s 17 points led St. James while Amelia Glaab added 10.

Orangeville’s scorers were not available.


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