EDEN EVENS THE SCORE WITH SAINT MICHAEL

Eden evens the score one week after be­ing elim­i­nated by St. Mike’s at Stan­dard tour­ney

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - FRONT PAGE - BERND FRANKE

Rachel Frena of the Eden Fly­ers and Anne Ibey of the Saint Michael Mus­tangs fight for the ball dur­ing the 14th Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment at E.L. Cross­ley Sec­ondary School in Fonthill on Wednesday.

Day 1 is in the books and there were no up­sets on the score­board when the 14th Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment tipped off at three high schools in south Ni­a­gara.

Top seeds lived up to their billing by win­ning their qual­i­fy­ing-round games and ad­vanc­ing to the quar­ter­fi­nals on the cham­pi­onship side of the bracket.

A triple­header at Jean Vanier be­gan with the host Lynx, the de­fend­ing over­all champions and the No. 5 seed in the field of 16, de­feat­ing the Lakeshore Catholic Ga­tors 43-25.

In the sec­ond game at Vanier, the top-seeded Notre Dame Fight­ing Ir­ish topped the Gover­nor Sim­coe Red­coats 53-24.

Fol­low­ing that were Ni­a­gara’s new­est high school team, the fourth-seeded Greater Fort Erie Gryphons tak­ing care of busi­ness by send­ing the Port Col­borne Blue Bears into hi­ber­na­tion — at least on the cham­pi­onship side of the bracket — with a 4122 vic­tory.

There also were three games at Wel­land Cen­ten­nial, where the sec­ond-seeded A.N. Myer Ma­raud­ers beat the Saint Paul Pa­tri­ots 42-25 in a bat­tle for Ni­a­gara Falls bas­ket­ball brag­ging rights.

Ac­tion at Cen­ten­nial tipped off with the Cougars us­ing home-court ad­van­tage with a 55-39 vic­tory over the Grimsby Ea­gles.

At E.L. Cross­ley, the home side didn’t fare as well with the Cy­clone drop­ping a 61-46 de­ci­sion to the Sir Win­ston Churchill Bull­dogs.

In Wednesday’s sec­ond game at Cross­ley, the third-seeded Eden Fly­ers cor­ralled the Saint Michael Mus­tangs 53-50 aveng­ing a loss to Saint Michael in the first elim­i­na­tion round ex­actly a week ago at the Stan­dard Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment in St. Catharines.

Beth de Boer, Eden’s player of the game after net­ting a team-high 16 points, said the Fly­ers were still feel­ing the sting of that dis­ap­point­ing loss when they took the court against the Mus­tangs in Wednesday’s re­match.

“We all came in, we were pumped up, but we had a bet­ter at­ti­tude this time around,” she said. “We knew how to play it.”

The Grade 11 stu­dent said the Fly­ers learned a lot from last week’s loss to Saint Michael.

“There are the two twins, the Ibey twins, you’ve got to give them credit, they are re­ally good,” de Boer said. “We know that they are re­ally ag­gres­sive and we have to play re­ally hard de­fence around them.”

This time out Eden was more pa­tient when it had pos­ses­sion un­der the bas­ket.

“This time we did bet­ter on our shot selec­tion.”

Car­lee Ibey, Saint Michael’s player of the game, said the Mus­tangs played a “good game” de­spite the loss.

“It was back-and-forth at the end, but what are you going to do?” she said. “In the end, they just hit more (shots) than us.”

JULIE JOCSAK/STAN­DARD STAFF

JULIE JOCSAK/STAN­DARD STAFF

Mady Wein­ert of the Eden Fly­ers blocks a shot by Anne Ibey of the Saint Michael Mus­tangs dur­ing Day 1 of the Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment.

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