Handsor Hot In GTA

By Ted Beale

(BRAMPTON, ON) -The St Clair women’s basketball team were outlasted 79-66 in Etobicoke, Saturday, by undefeated Humber who is the top team in the OCAA’s West, and ranked No. 2 in the country.

The Saints surprised the Hawks in the early going and held a slim lead before trailing 16-14 after the opening frame. Humber then worked towards a 14-point lead during the 2nd quarter but St Clair battled back with a 10-0 run and were only behind 34-28 at halftime.

Humber pushed their advantage during the 3rd quarter and put the game out of reach in the early stages of the 4th with as much as a 17-point difference. The Saints closed to within 9, but could get no closer as turnovers, and some missed opportunities near the basket, proved to be their undoing.

Third-year guard Shannon Kennedy had a nice shooting game making four triples on her way to 17 points, and added 10 rebounds for the double-double, to lead the Saints.

Second-year forward Torrie Handsor continued with her consistency by scoring 14 points to go along with 5 boards and 5 steals.

Fifth-year guard Jaide Lyons reached double figures, scoring 13 points, but helped her team with 6 rebounds and a noteworthy 6 assists.

Finally, third-year point guard Sarah Bondy chipped in 10 points for St Clair.

The women salvaged a win from their Toronto road trip with a 79-48 victory over Sheridan in Brampton on Sunday afternoon. The Saints started slow, trailing 18-14 after the opening quarter to the Lady Bruins, but responded nicely. After a Tori Schutz buzzer beater from just past midcourt, they went into the locker room with a 38-28 halftime lead.

St Clair poured it on in the 3rd, outscoring the Bruins 31-6 and leading by as many as 33 points.

The Saints held the advantage in most statistical categories, but shot nearly 50 per cent from the field, including almost 45% from beyond the 3-point arc for the game.

Handsor had another outstanding game by scoring a game high 25 points and narrowly missing a double-double with 9 rebounds.

Lyons scored 12 points to go with 8 board and Kennedy and Bondy each dropped 11 points to round out the group in double figures.

St Clair is now 9-4 on the year and sitting at 4th in the OCAA West with 18 points. They are 2 points behind Fanshawe and 2 ahead of Niagara.

The Saints will host Lambton at 6:00pm on February 5.


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