By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – Second-year St Clair Saints guard Shannon Kennedy was a big winner this morning, at the OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Banquet hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Toronto. In addition to being named the West Region Scoring Champion and a 1st Team All-Star selection, she took home top honours as the OCAA Player of the Year and CCAA All-Canadian selection.
Kennedy, from St Joseph in Windsor, becomes the 5th women’s basketball player in St Clair history to achieve All-Canadian status, following Kim Pawluk (2004-2005), Raquel Burke (2003-2004), Tina Sirka (2001-2002), and Brenda Mullins (1983-1984).
Kennedy led the province in total points scored this past season and averaged 19.3 points per game, 2nd in the OCAA. She also made 43.1% from beyond the 3-point arc. Kennedy ranked top 10 in the OCAA with 8.1 rebounds per game while contributing defensively with 2.7 steals per game.
In addition, 1st year St Clair post player Torrie Handsor was named to the West Region All-Rookie team. Handsor was 2nd on on the Saints in rebounding, at 6.4 per game, and 4th on the team in scoring, with 6.7 points per game, while supplying a consistent presence on the block for the Saints.
The Saints (13-6) will put their 6-game winning streak up against 4-time defending OCAA Champion Algonquin (15-1) to open their OCAA Provincial Championship tournament hosted by Centennial College in Scarborough. The game tipped off at 3:00 pm.