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Senior Girls Basketball
Lady Wildcats capture senior girls ‘AA’ basketball crown
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline,ca

It’s been an interesting season for the Cairine Wilson Wildcats senior girls basketball team to say the least.

An 11th hour coaching change just days before their appearance in the last week’s ‘AA’ championship game was the breath of fresh air they needed to take their game to the next level.

The Cairine Wilson senior girls basketball team pose with the championship trophy after beating the Immaculata Saints in the AA final last week. Photo supplied

Led 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.

The 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.

Immaculata 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.

During the break Schoop encouraged the girls to step up their game under the glass and prevent the Saints from getting second and third shots.

Their 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.

With momentum clearly on their side the Wildcats eventually took the lead and held on for the 38-35 win.

Their 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.

In fact, the two teams will be riding the same bus together.

(Posted 9 p.m., Nov. 21)

 

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