St Clair Overthrows Lords


One half of the Twin Towers, Torrie Handsor bashes through Durham defenders Kayla Marshall (23) and Domina Campbell in a playoff game at the St Clair SportsPlex on March 1. Handsor put up 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as the Saints moved on to the OCAA Elite Eight at Centennial College this weekend.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St. Clair College women’s basketball team advanced to the OCAA Provincial Championship tournament later this week with a 73-60 crossover play-off victory over Durham College Sunday afternoon at the SportsPlex. Overcoming some early nerves, and a good Durham fast break, the Saints used their height to earn the win.

St. Clair held an 18-15 lead after the first quarter and increased their lead to 31-25 by halftime. But the Saints decided the game in the 3rd, winning the frame 20-11.


Shannon Kennedy is covered by Lindsay Panchan as she gets set to in-bound the ball on Sunday. Kennedy led the Saints with a double-double of 15 points and 13 boards in the win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Saints held a 48-33 advantage in rebounding and shot well enough in the 2nd half to outlast the visiting Lords, who rallied late with 24 points in the 4th quarter.

St. Clair guard Sarah Bondy led her team in scoring with 17 points, making 7 of 9 from the free throw line, while adding 3 assists.

Saints guard Shannon Kennedy scored 15 points, adding 13 rebounds for the double-double, but distributed well for 7 assists.


Tori Schutz (L), Shannon Kennedy, and Nicole Tamm are called as they attempt to swarm Durham’s Caitlyn Cruickshank late in the 4th quarter. The Saints eliminated the Lords from the post season with a 73-60 win at home.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Twin-tower forwards Torrie Handsor and Nicole Tamm both reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Handsor added 8 rebounds for the near double-double.


Courtney Harley (R) attempts to chase down St Clair’s Meighen Boyd as she turns into the key. Boyd pulled down 7 boards and dished for 7 assists as she helped to spearhead the Saints into the OCAA Elite Eight.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Durham’s Lindsay Panchan reached her league leading OCAA average with 25 points in the loss.


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