Lo-Ellen girls basketball runs a whole lot deeper than simply the Lo-Ellen Park Prep Knights OSBA (Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association) program.
In fact, both the junior and senior Knights ran the table this fall, capping things off by taking both of the Division I finals last weekend at home.Division I - Girls Basketball
The Lo-Ellen Park Senior Knights overcame an impressive 27 point performance from Kennedy Bellefeuille of the Horizon Aigles, the winners featuring a more varied attack in knocking off the Aigles 58-32 in the championship affair on Saturday. Kami Dreger paced the LOE offense with a 19-point effort, with Izzy McKague also hitting double digits with ten points of her own.
While the Knights were not able to perfectly execute their game plan, they certainly did enough good things to comfortably pull away from a gritty Horizon crew. “The defenses that we want to play, we didn’t want to have to pull out of them,” noted Lo-Ellen head coach Lisa Carruthers.
“We wanted to play a good team offense together and not let anybody go on a run for the other team. We tried to focus on that, to stop that run a little bit, which we were not overly successful at.”
Still, the dispersal of weapons on the attack was more than enough to counter, especially with a key player clearly zoned in for the gold medal encounter.
“That was one of the best games of the season for Kami,” said Carruthers. “She was solid at both ends of the floor. She came out on fire, ready to go and shot the ball well on Saturday.”
“That definitely helped.”
Rounding out the Lo-Ellen roster were Sophie Miller, Sophie Alexander, Brooke Guibeault, Olivia Tissot, Madison Huntington, Ella Bourget, Mia Yurich, Sarah Guignard, Siobhan Noble-Poland and Allessia Vallilee, with Antoinette Purdon giving Carruthers a helping hand on the bench.
Lo-Ellen also took the junior final over Horizon, ironically by a near identical score of 58-31.
Paige Dawson (20), Aurora Circelli (16), Kaylee Prevost-Patterson (10) and Hannah Skrobot (8) were front and centre offensively for the Knights. The Aigles, who were tied at 15-15 at the half before Lo-Ellen exploded with a 24-5 third quarter run, were paced by the efforts of Arianne Lamontage (10) and Erica Young (9).
Coached by the tandem of Miranda Lessard and Clare Gieselman, the junior Knights boasted a very deep roster, with Michaela Tripp, Kealy Innes, McKenna Mende, Charlotte Bertrand, Katie Innes, Tiana Thai, Elizabeth Korczak and Kate Brett also securing SDSSAA gold medals.Division II – Girls Basketball
Taking down both of the teams that posted undefeated 6-0 records in regular season play, the Marymount Regals nabbed Senior Girls Division II bragging rights with back to back wins over the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères (34-20 in SF) and the Lockerby Vikings (58-32 in final).
Cassandra McDonald (13), Kayeisha Thomas (13) and Julia McDonald (11) all stepped up nicely for the Regals last Friday while Alissa Diavolitsis (12) and Ava Ziegler (9) proved to be the top marksmen for the Vikes.
Remaining Regals were Hannah Weston, Stephanie St-Jean, Allie Duguay, Chimdinma Kingsley-Emereuwa, Katie Polischuk, Maddy Bilyk, Violet Smith and Kelton Tellier.