Char-Lan upsets Tagwi
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Crusaders may have overachieved in their playoff run, says coach Jim Fourney, as CharLan’s senior girls basketball team upset previously perfect Tagwi to claim the SDGAA title.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” he adds, when asked about the significant lead swings in the Nov. 9 final.
Char-Lan opened strong on offence and defence, building a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Crusaders stretched their edge to 16 points in the early portion of the second period, before Tagwi went on a late run to trim the deficit to single digits, at 22-13 for Char-Lan at the half.
When play resumed in the third quarter, the Warriors controlled the game, avoiding the propensity to foul, unlike in the first half, whilst mounting an offensive attack that saw the Tagwi girls close on the Crusaders, trailing by just one point at the buzzer.
From the free throw line just 17 seconds into the fourth frame, Tagwi’s Brooklyn Woodside drew her squad even. Moments later, the Warriors seized the lead, before Andrea Chaddock’s layup tied the contest at 27 all.
Chaddock quickly followed up with another basket, restoring the lead for Char-Lan, which the girls would not relinquish, en route to prevailing 43-32 for the SD&G high school crown.
The triumph was a credit to the hard work of the Crusaders in practice sessions, adds their coach. In explaining the momen- tum swings, Fourney notes that offence can start clicking, testing
we kept up with our practice schedule, the time off from playing other schools made us a little rusty, which was evident in our first set against La Citadelle [in the semifinal]. Once, the boys had a few good rallies under their belts, they started to show the quality of play that they had acquired throughout the season.
“It was a nice way to win the championship in straight sets. Glengarry did play very well and deserved to be in the final against us.
“When we asked the captain how he felt about the season, he was glad to see that the volleyball players coming from RothwellOsnabruck jelled well with the established Tagwi players. We literally took the best of two schools and made one stronger volleyball team.”
The volleyball playoff tournament opened with third-place L’Heritage dispatching sixth- seeded Char-Lan 25-20 and 25-18. In the other quarter-final, fourth-ranked La Citadelle exorcised the fifth-place North Dundas Devils 2514 and 25-20.
Semifinal play saw Tagwi eliminate Les Patriotes in a sweep, on scores of 25-22 and 25-17.
The second-ranked Gaels needed three sets to douse the Dragons: 25-23, 20-25, and 15-12.
The Warriors, with their SD&G triumph, advance to compete at EOSSAA tomorrow, Nov. 16, in Elgin.
CROWDED HOUSE: Tagwi seniors Katelyn Padbury, left, and Carlie Bender vie for a rebound, against the challenge of Char-Lan defender Ally Taylor Lauzon.