Char-Lan up­sets Tagwi

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

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