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Jam U13 girls battle their way to fifth in the province
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The final four months of the 2023-2024 basketball season were every bit as productive as the pre-Christmas quartet for the Sudbury U13 Jam girls, the team achieving their goal of advancing to OBLX play and ultimately finishing the year ranked fifth in the province.

After posting a record of 5-1 in OBL Division 1 play, the locals were bumped to the OBLX, taking a few games to set their bearings as the girls continued to learn and improve through a 1-5 stretch against top end provincial talent.

In early April, that progress would pay dividends as the Jam ran the table at the Etobicoke Thunder Showdown, racking up five straight wins in capturing the tournament and building some momentum heading into provincials in late April.

Their late season run continued nicely as the Sudbury squad posted a 2-1 record at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, beating the KWGBA (Kitchener-Waterloo Girls Basketball Association) Phoenix 47-44, falling 34-19 to the second ranked Transway Girls from Hamilton, but closing off with a 44-27 win over the North Toronto Huskies.

Unfortunately, a Phoenix upset win over Transway created a three team tie at 2-1, with the Jam missing out on semi-final action solely by the point diffential tie-breaker.

"These girls battled against some of the best teams in Ontario and held their own," noted head coach Ben Smith, working with assistant coach Chris Miller and manager Deanna DeMarchi this winter.

"Their basketball future is very bright," added Smith. "I am truly blessed to be lucky enough to coach this squad."

The 2023-2024 edition of the Sudbury U13 Jam girls team featured Alexie Miller, Anabelle Denomme, Brielle Corriveau, Elicia Bihina, Emma DeMarchi, Kallie Smith, Kendra Nebenionquit, Mackenzie Gainer, Mia Maschio, Peyton Tessier, Quinn Leduc, Annakah Kruk and Taniah Venkadesan.

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