Ir­ish an­swer wake-up call

Fi­nal fours set on both sides of Tri­bune Tour­na­ment bracket

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Sports - BERND FRANKE

A wake-up call at half­time was just what the Notre Dame Fight­ing Ir­ish needed to achieve their goal of ad­vanc­ing to cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals at the Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment.

After tak­ing a 12-4 lead into the sec­ond quar­ter, the reign­ing gold medal­lists were only up 22-20 on the Greater Fort Erie Gryphons when the buzzer sounded end­ing the first half.

“We didn’t have a great sec­ond quar­ter, and we needed to come out and like we did at the start of the game,” Mete said.

He said a young team with only three re­turn­ing play­ers “sort of got com­fort­able” after jump­ing out to a dou­ble-digit lead on their home court.

“That hap­pens with a team that is still try­ing to find its way.”

At half­time Mete told his play­ers that Greater Fort Erie was a good team more

than ca­pa­ble of com­ing back. He wasn’t at all sur­prised the Gryphons got back into the game so quickly.

“There was no sur­prise there, I knew they were a good team,” Mete said. “They’re well-coached, they have two or three su­per­stars on that team.”

Notre Dame came into the four-day, 14-day tour­na­ment hop­ing to at least make it to the semi­fi­nal round Fri­day at Ni­a­gara Col­lege on the A side of the bracket.

A 61-22 vic­tory over the host Jean Vanier Lynx in the qual­i­fy­ing round Wed­nes­day was the first step to­ward that goal.

“I think our ex­pec­ta­tions were to get to Fri­day night on the cham­pi­onship, and we’re go­ing to play Fri­day night on the cham­pi­onship side.”

“So that’s good, any­thing can hap­pen once you get to that point.

Mete, who last year coached the ju­nior girls team, said man­ag­ing ex­pec­ta­tions — es­pe­cially for young play­ers com­pet­ing in must-win games on their home court — can be dif­fi­cult.

“They’re high school ath­letes, they want to be suc­cess­ful,” he added. “They want to play hard ev­ery play, they want to go to the net, ev­ery­one wants to score.

“Ul­ti­mately, we kept our cool, we stayed calm and we won the game.”

Jamira Rousseau, Alissa Mete and Emma An­gelo led the Ir­ish in scor­ing with 18, 12 and nine points, re­spec­tively. Tay­lor

Doyle, with 19 points; and Kait­lyn Gre­gory, nine; were top scor­ers for Fort Erie.

Notre Dame will play the No. seed Eden Fly­ers 8 p.m. to­day while the 6:30 p.m. cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nal pits the Stan­dard Tour­na­ment cham­pion Sir Win­ston Churchill Bull­dogs against the A.N. Myer Marauders.

Eden de­feated the De­nis Mor­ris Reds 56-34 and Churchill topped the Lakeshore Catholic Ga­tors 69-40 after earn­ing firstround byes as the top seeds.

Mada­lyn Wein­ert, Eden; and Lexxus Bell, De­nis Mor­ris; each scored 17 points and were named play­ers of the game for their re­spec­tive teams.

Ally Sen­tance, with 27; Olivia Krieger, 15; and Ka­ley DeMont, 13; reached dou­ble dig­its in scor­ing for Churchill. Lakeshore’s Emma Koa­bel led all scor­ers with 28 points in the loss. Keri Lynn Jones added 11 for the Ga­tors.

Myer punched its ticket to the cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals with a 46-40 vic­tory over the E.L. Cross­ley Cy­clone.

Fi­nal four on the con­so­la­tion side has the Saint Michael Mus­tangs, 57-48 vic­tors over the Port High Blue Bears, and the Saint Paul Pa­tri­ots, 53-24 vic­tors over the Ri­d­ley Col­lege Tigers, in the 3:30 p.m. game and the Jean Vanier Lynx fac­ing De­nis Mor­ris in the other.

Keira Fed­erinko scored 15 point for Saint Paul. Mikayla Ite­muag­ber led Ri­d­ley with 17.

Vanier de­feated the Wel­land Cen­ten­nial Cougars 47-43 and the Reds qual­i­fied as the wild card after win­ning a lot­tery that in­cluded all of the Day 2 losers on the cham­pi­onship side of the bracket.

Syd­ney Carter, 19, Julie Man­low, 18, Aliyah Glaze, 14, scored in dou­ble dig­its for the Mus­tangs. Ja­cobi Oskam and Mad­di­son Cole­man paced the Blue Bears with 14 and 10, re­spec­tively.

Visit face­­stri­bune­tour­na­ment for more about the tour­na­ment.


Eden’s Cam­ryn Bagshaw beats De­nis Mor­ris’s Jor­dyn Brit­ton to a re­bound at the Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Thurs­day in Wel­land.

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