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Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018
Cards get the better of Aigles this time around
by Randy Pascal

On October 4th, the Horizon Aigles junior girls basketball team edged the St Charles Cardinals 23-18. By October 30th, the tables had been turned, St Charles escaping with a 18-17 win.

On Wednesday evening, with a berth in the SDSSAA Division "B" Junior city final on the line, the Cardinals completed their ascension. Holding a 10-4 lead at the half in a contest in which every shot, every pass, was contested, St Charles pulled away in the final two quarters, eliminating the Aigles by a final count of 22-13.

Cassidy Moutsatsos paced the Cardinals attack with ten points, with Brynn Thomson (4), Kyli Farquhar (4), Emma Martel (2) and Halli Morningstar (2) also jumping into the scoring frey.

Hayley Levesque countered with seven points in a losing cause for Horizon, with Emilie Riess, Brianna Gagnon and Chanelle Rivest adding one basket apiece.

"I felt that we played amazing defense," stated Moutsatsos, one of three returning players to the team this year. "In practice, we really stuck with that and we were really good at boxing out and getting the rebounds."

"I kind of found that we were on them really well, not making stupid decisions." The Cardinals finished the regular season with a record of 6-2, two points ahead of the Aigles, despite being swept by their semi-final opponents in the home and home set in October.

Moutsatsos suggested that gaining valuable experience, mid-season, proved extremely helpful as her team now prepares for a shot at a SDSSAA banner. "We went to a tournament that was hosted at Horizon, and that gave a lot of the girls who don't always have a lot of play time in our games a lot of confidence, it really boosted them," she said.

"We improved a lot from that tournament." Coach Dan Boisvert and the girls will now face THE Marymount Regals, 59-27 winners over the Sudbury Secondary School North Stars, also on Wednesday.

The teams split their regular season matchups, with St Charles breaking the ice with a 37-27 triumph before the Regals came back with a vengeance a few weeks back, stopping the Cardinals 50-17.

The Division "B" finals are set for 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday night at Horizon, while the Division "A" encounters will take place on Saturday, most likely at Lo-Ellen, and seemingly scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (midgets), 6:00 (juniors) and 8:00 p.m. (seniors).

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