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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
Division I silver for Sudbury Jam U19 girls
by Randy Pascal

In-season improvement may not have rewarded the Sudbury U19 Jam Girls with a gold medal at their year-end Ontario Cup Division I tournament, but it came awfully darn close.

The locals were in tough right from the get-go at provincials, pitted against the Wallaceburg Airhawks in their opening game, a team that had already beaten them twice this year. With the Jam red-hot from beyond the arc, Sudbury was able to register an impressive 65-48 win.

Arielle Douillette nailed no less than five three-point baskets in the first half alone, with Josee Filion adding 15 points of her own, an output that included another set of three by threes.

A very balanced Jam attack also included nine points each from both Harmony Martel and Kate Dahmer, and seven from Melanie Cloutier. There would be very little breathing room for the northern crew however, as game two offered the Ottawa Elite as their adversary, yet again an opponent who had beaten Sudbury twice early in the year.

And yet again, coach Rick Filion's troops were equal to the challenge when it mattered the most, edging the Elite 49-41. For a second consecutive contest, Douillette was in the thick of things, leading the way offensively with 15 points, seven of which came courtesy of free throw attempts.

Dahmer chipped in with another 11 points, with Josee Filion and Mia Filion contributing eight each. While they were busy lighting it up offensively, the Jam were certainly not negligent at the other end of the court, keeping Ottawa off the scoreboard for entire second quarter.

A third straight win in round robin play would have vaulted the Jam directly into the gold medal game. Unfortunately, things would not flow quite that easily. A loss to Oakville Vytis in game three would force tournament organizers to dust off the OBA tie-breaker rules, because of the three way tie, with three teams deadlocked in first place at 2-1.

Thankfully, the large margin of victory in game one proved to be enough, with Sudbury now matched against the favoured Welland Warriors in the grand finale. Despite both Dahmer (12) and Cloutier (11) hitting double digits, the Warriors proved too much for the Jam, the locals settling for second place.

There were some defensive highlights of note, as Mia Filion accumulated eight blockded shots, with Dahmer (all 5'6" of her) getting one of her own late in the final, much to the delight of her teammates.

"Kate played every minute of every game," said coach Filion. "She stepped up when we needed to to fill in the void with the injury to Ariane Saumure." Rounding out the Sudbury lineup were Aneisha Rismond and Brianna Gagnon.

Joining Filion on the coach staff were John Desormeaux and Larry Dahmer and manager Joelle Douillette "We look forward to next season when our six returning players will be joined by some awesome talent," summarized Filion.

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