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The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS -

Ange Gabriel might be a small school, but they had a lot of sup­port Thurs­day night and its ju­nior girls bas­ket­ball team played a big game on way to beat­ing the St. Mary Cru­saders 42-8 in the A-di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship at St. Mary. The win earned Ange Gabriel its first-ever LGSSAA ban­ner in the school’s his­tory. AG came out of the gates fly­ing and went up 10-0 within three min­utes of the open­ing tip-off. St. Mary fell into an early hole and tried to get out of it us­ing the three-point ball, but were un­suc­cess­ful. When the Cru­saders at­tempted to go in­side there was never an easy bas­ket for them with AG play­ing strong de­fence. St. Mary didn’t score their first bas­ket of the game un­til early in the third quar­ter. The wide point spread speaks more to how strong of a team Ange Gabriel is and has been all sea­son with how quickly they move and spread the ball around on of­fence and com­mu­ni­cate on de­fence. Ais­linn Davey led the way for Ange Gabriel on the score sheet with 17 points. AG will head to Dou­glas, Ont. next Wed­nes­day to com­pete in their first EOSSAA. Fol­low­ing the ju­nior game, the St. Mary Cru­saders won their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive LGSSAA se­nior girls bas­ket­ball A-di­vi­sion ti­tle af­ter beat­ing the St. Michael Mus­tangs. The se­nior fi­nale was high scor­ing from the jump. St. Mary led from start to fin­ish, but St. Michael didn’t give them any breath­ing room in the first quar­ter with the teams go­ing bas­ket-for-bas­ket and the score was 19-14 af­ter eight min­utes. The Cru­saders started to sep­a­rate them­selves af­ter that and were up 18 points at half­time with Han­nah Burt and Emily Dik­dan com­bin­ing for 12 points in the sec­ond quar­ter alone. Burt fin­ished with a game-high 20 points. St. Michael outscored St. Mary in the fourth quar­ter with both teams get­ting their ros­ters on the floor, but by that point it was too late for the Mus­tangs to make a come­back. The Cru­saders will head to Dou­glas, Ont for EOSSAA, which runs next Thurs­day and Fri­day. Shown in the left photo is Ange Gabriel’s Brook­lyn Birch reach­ing for the ball dur­ing the ju­nior game. In the right photo is Dik­dan try­ing to get a hold of the ball dur­ing the se­nior game.

PHO­TOS BY JONATHON BRODIE/ThE RECORDER anD TIMES

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