Wildcats capture senior girls AA basketball
By Fred Sherwin
been an interesting season for the Cairine Wilson Wildcats
senior girls basketball team to say the least.
11th hour coaching change just days before their appearance
in the last weeks AA championship game
was the breath of fresh air they needed to take their
game to the next level.
Cairine Wilson senior girls basketball team
pose with the championship trophy after beating
the Immaculata Saints in the AA final last
week. Photo supplied
by veteran Gloucester Wolverine coaches Murray Schoop
and Merrick Palmer, the Wildcats got off to great start
against the Immaculata Saints in the final, jumping out
to 11-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Saints were able to battle back in the second stanza,
outscoring the Wildcats 14-7 in the second quarter to
narrow the deficit to a single point by halftime.
used superior rebounding to push ahead of Cairine in the
third quarter and open up a six-point lead with a quarter
left to play.
the break Schoop encouraged the girls to step up their
game under the glass and prevent the Saints from getting
second and third shots.
renewed effort yielded immediate dividends as they not
only prevented the Saints from scoring, but managed to
close the deficit with some easy baskets scored off the
transition, resulting in an 8-2 run to tie the game with
three minutes left.
momentum clearly on their side the Wildcats eventually
took the lead and held on for the 38-35 win.
jubilation stood in stark contrast to the crestfallen
Saints, many of whom were in tears until the National
Capital Secondary School Athletic Association convenor
informed them that both teams would be going to the OFSAA
provincial in Windsor later this week.
fact, the two teams will be riding the same bus together.
9 p.m., Nov. 21)
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