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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Sudbury basketball teams finish with a win
by Randy Pascal

With a core of players wrapping up their competitive youth basketball careers, the Sudbury U19 Jam women were anxious to leave the 2019 Provincial Championships on top. When that couldn't happen, they were even more determined to leave with a win.

Coaches John Desormeaux and Rick Filion and company settled for bronze medals Sunday in Toronto, despite only losing a single game of the five they contested at the Pan Am Sports Centre.

The locals took care of business in round robin play, kicking things off Friday night with a 54-41 win over Basketball Wallaceburg, as the team blew open a two point game at the half with a torrid second half pace.

Celeste Dupuis emerged after the break, nailing back to back threes and recording 15 of her 16 point effort after half-time, while Harmony Martel matched her offensive production, also finishing with 16.

The Jam made it two straight early Saturday afternoon, defeating the Nepean Blue Devils 47-37 as the Macdonald-Cartier tandem of Arielle Douillette and Ariane Saumure showed the way with 12 points each.

Another solid victory later that evening, 53-39 over the Timmins Selects, had the locals feeling pretty good about themselves heading into a tough semi-final match-up with the Pelham Panthers.

Unfortunately, for a team that realies heavily on a series of athletes who can hit from the outside, a bad shooting game is difficult to overcome as Sudbury fell 43-32 to Pelham, forcing the Jam to battle for bronze just a few hours later.

This time, they would not be denied, completing a sweep of Wallaceburg with a 63-47 triumph and a much more pleasant return trip home. Rounding out the team roster for 2018-2019 were Kate Dahmer, Josée Filion, Gabby Arsenault, Cloe Douillette, Talia Eusepi and Grace Tressider.

The Sudbury U17 Jam also had something to cheer about following their sojourn to provincials, bumping up one placement from their pre-tournament rankings after posting a record of 1-2 at the event.

Seeded seventh of eight teams at the tournament, but fourth in their pool, the Jam lost their opener 35-29 to the Inter-City Saints (Brampton), in spite of a 17-point performance, in a losing cause, from Jasmine Savignac.

Coach Lisa Carruthers' crew fell to 0-2 following a 52-40 setback at the hands of the Halton Basketball Club, though the offensive thrust was far more evenly spread out. Heidi Lamothe (11), Arianna Ghorbani (7), Izzy Maki (7), Savignac (6) and Callie Moore (5) all contributed with some regularity in the defeat.

With advancement to the playoff round now out of sight, the Jam rode a whopping 23-point outburst from Jasmine Savignac, who drained three from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter alone, helping Sudbury outscore the York North Avengers 15-8 in the final frame en route to a 40-33 victory.

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