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Sunday, May. 19, 2019
Sudbury Jam squeeze in time for a tournament win
by Randy Pascal

Members of the Sudbury Jam Major Bantam (U14) "AA" girls basketball team apparently like to keep busy.

Despite the majority of their lineup finding themselves in the midst of the tail-end of their elementary basketball season, practicing steady in preparation for the glut of local tournaments, the young crew under the stewardship of coach Bruce Cowtan found time to capture their first club tournament of the season early in November.

The Jam wasted little time in sending a message, doubling London CYO 38-19 in their opening encounter as Alyzée Bisaillon (8 pts), Natalie Hookimaw (7) and Makayla Bertrand (7) paced the attack.

The Sudbury girls then bolted from the gates in game two, netting no less than 35 first half points and easing their way to a 59-36 triumph over IEM Basketball from Newmarket.

Bisaillon (14) and Noelle Tiango (12) both hit double digits as the Jam improved to 2-0 in round robin play. The one-two tandem of Lainey Allen (21) and Grace Crowder (12) combined for more than half of the locals offensive output as the team secured first place in preliminary play with a 58-50 victory over the Gouldbourn Hornets.

Allen continued to hold the hot hand in the final, leading the way with 16 points, including 11 in the first half alone as the northern gals bested IEM 48-23, holding their opponents off the scoreboard, completely, in the second quarter of play.

Makayla Bertrand and Noelle Tiango chipped in with eight and six points respectively for the tournament champs, who find themselves back in action in the nation's capital at a tournament on November 30th/December 1st.

Above and beyond the athletes noted above, coach Cowtan is enjoying the opportunity to develop a roster that also contains Nathalie Levesque, Taylor Prudhomme, Charlie Herold, Taylor MacNeill and Ava Ziegler this winter.

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