Dou­ble-dou­bles cause trou­ble for Gaiters in play­off loss

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Dou­ble-dou­bles by Kay­lah Bar­rett and Tina Mpon­dani led the Con­cor­dia Stingers to a come-from-be­hind vic­tory, 65-53, over the Bishop’s Gaiters in a Que­bec univer­sity bas­ket­ball semi­fi­nal at the Con­cor­dia Gym in Mon­treal.

The Gaiters (12-18, 12-16 CIS, 7-9 Que­bec) got ten points each from Gabrielle Cham­ber­land ( Sher­brooke, Que.), Véronique Fort­inTrem­blay (Chicoutimi, Que.) and Ri­ley Shkimba (Kingston, Ont.). Cather­ine Bélanger-pâ­quet (Que­bec City, Que.) had a teamhigh eight re­bounds, along with eight points.

Bishop’s got off to a dream start, as they used three straight three-point­ers at the end of the first quar­ter to take a 24-7 lead. The Gaiters led by as many as 18 points, as Bélanger-pâ­quet made the score 26-8 with 8:41 left in the sec­ond, and it seemed that the vis­i­tors were headed to their first league final in five years.

Then it all went hor­ri­bly wrong.

Con­cor­dia started their come­back with a 6-0 run that cut the lead to 12 points, and they con­tin­ued to chip away at the lead through­out the sec­ond quar­ter. A layup by Sergina Es­timé on the stroke of half­time brought the Stingers to within four, as the Gaiters led 31-27 at the in­ter­val. Con­cor­dia con­tin­ued to surge in the third quar­ter, and Mpon­dani put the Stingers up 33-31 with 8:25 left. By the end of the quar­ter, the Stingers led 48-40.

With fifth-year guards Jessy Roy (Val d’or, Que.) and An­nick Stephanny Charles (Laval, Que.) out of the game due to foul trou­ble, the Gaiters were un­able to mount a fourthquar­ter come­back. The Gaiters cut the mar­gin to 51-44 with 6:35 left, but could draw no closer.

Roy fin­ished with nine points, six re­bounds and five as­sists in 27 min­utes. She fin­ishes her Bishop’s ca­reer with over­all to­tals of 1,111 points, 512 re­bounds and 426 as­sists in 126 games. Charles was held off the score­board and had one re­bound in her final game.

The loss brings an end to the Gaiters’ 2011-12 sea­son. Con­cor­dia ad­vances to play top-seeded Mcgill in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship on Fri­day at 7 p.m. Fri­day’s win­ner will ad­vance to the CIS Final 8 in Cal­gary, while the loser heads to the West Re­gional in Saska­toon.

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