Mus­tangs play­ing Reds in con­so­la­tion fi­nal

De­nis Mor­ris makes the most of sec­ond op­por­tu­nity as a wild card

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

A con­so­la­tion semi­fi­nal be­tween the Saint Michael Mus­tangs and the Saint Paul Pa­tri­ots at the Tri­bune Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment Fri­day in Wel­land is a story that will be con­tin­ued.

While the Mus­tangs ad­vanced to the B fi­nal against the De­nis Mor­ris Reds on the strength of a 58-47 vic­tory, the Pa­tri­ots can avenge that loss when the Ni­a­gara Falls high schools re­sume their crosstown ri­valry with a reg­u­lar-sea­son game next week.

Aliyah Glaze, Lau­ren Carter and Julie Man­low net­ted 20, 18 and 14 points, re­spec­tively, as Saint Michael won its sec­ond in a row af­ter los­ing in over­time to

the E.L. Cross­ley Cy­clone in the qual­i­fy­ing round of the four­day, 14-team tour­na­ment.

Head coach Ron Bobyk said the Mus­tangs found it dif­fi­cult to re­bound to a loss that bounced them to the B side of the bracket.

“We only had seven play­ers, so the girls ob­vi­ously were start­ing to get wore out,” he said. “There was a lit­tle bit of men­tal fa­tigue, turnovers hap­pen.” That said, he gave the Cy­clone credit for the win.

“Cross­ley is re­ally a nice team, they have a nice, bal­anced at­tack, young,” said Bo-

byk, in his 15th year coach­ing girls hoops at Saint Michael.

De­nis Mor­ris, which qual­i­fied for the con­so­la­tion semi­fi­nals as the wild card af­ter los­ing to the Eden Fly­ers in the sec­ond round, de­feated the Jean Vanier Lynx 36-25 in one of four games played Fri­day at Ni­a­gara Col­lege.

The Reds weren’t ex­pect­ing to re­turn to the court so quickly af­ter los­ing to Eden.

“I got the call at 7 o’clock and I had to rally the team and girls had to switch shifts to make it pos­si­ble we could be here,” head coach Ste­fanie DeMizio said. “And we did what we could and we put up a great per­for­mance.”

Lead­ing scor­ers for De­nis Mor­ris were Jor­dyn Brit­ton, 11; Lexxus Bell, 10; and Masyn Kwi­necki, 6. Cor­rynn Parker topped Vanier with 15.

Vanier as­sis­tant coach Tri­cia Poulin said the Lynx are learn­ing they need to out­work their op­po­nents. “Yes­ter­day, when we were down – we were down the whole game un­til the fourth quar­ter – and when they came back to beat Cen­ten­nial, that was all from out­work­ing the other team.”

Saint Paul’s loss in the elim­i­na­tion game gave the Pa­tri­ots a lot to think about as they pre­pare for the re­match on their home court.

Livia Pic­cir­illo, with 12 points; and Ju­liana Fabi­ano, with 11; also scored in dou­ble dig­its for Saint Paul.

Bernd.Franke@ni­a­ 905-225-1624 | @ TribS­port­sDesk


Josee Sev­erin of the St. Paul Pa­tri­ots and Julie Man­low of the Saint Michael Mus­tangs fight for the ball.

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