By Ted Beals
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team kept their medal hopes alive Friday afternoon, at the OCAA Championship in Scarborough, with a convincing 77-61 win over Niagara College. The Saints advanced to Saturday’s Bronze Medal semi-final against St Lawrence College, who lost to Mohawk Friday night.
St Clair fell behind in the early stages but managed to close the 1st quarter only down 16-12. The Saints carried that momentum into the 2nd quarter, bursting out for 27 points, and led 39-27 at the halftime break.
Niagara made a small run to stay within striking distance in the 3rd quarter but ran out of gas down the stretch as St Clair pulled away to their largest lead of 19 points at 72-53. St Clair created a significant advantage of points at the free throw line (23-9) and outrebounded Niagara 62-49 while scoring 24 points from beyond the arc.
Sarah Bondy was named Player of the Game for St Clair and scored 15 points to go with 4 assist and 7 steals.
The Saints bowed out of the OCAA Championship on Saturday afternoon with a 62-56 loss to St Lawrence College. St Clair was effective early in the game but allowed St Lawrence to come back for 13-12 1st quarter lead.
The Saints moved ahead in the 2nd quarter before again relenting to the Vikings, who managed to take a 28-22 lead into the halftime intermission.
St Lawrence was able to hold on down the stretch even though at times St Clair was within striking distance. The Saints did put up 25 points in the 4th quarter but could not close the gap.
Meighen Boyd was named Player of the Game for St Clair and scored 15 points to go with 6 rebounds.
The Saints finished the West Region schedule in 3rd Place with a 12-6 record and added a play-off record of 2-2. Combined their exhibition record of 5-5, St Clair was an overall 19-13 for the year. The team will hit the recruiting trail in preparation for next season when they host the CCAA National Championships in March of 2016.