Kennedy Sets Saints Standard

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Riley Williams (L) warns her team mates as Shannon Kennedy dishes the ball to a waiting Jalynn Brown (2). Kennedy set a new St Clair record for career points by dropping 29 against the Lambton Lions on 5 February 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s basketball team were 85-65 winners over the Lambton Lions on Friday night at the SportsPlex, improving their season record to 10-4 in the OCAA’s West Region. Lambton held a brief lead early in the game, but the Saints quickly established themselves, staking a 19-12 advantage at the end of the 1st quarter.

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Fifth-year guard Jaide Lyons flashes a smile as the clock wound down on a record-setting game against Lambton. The Saints disposed of the Lions 85-65 at the SportsPlex.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

On a night where 3rd-year guard Shannon Kennedy needed just 14 points to become St Clair’s all-time leader in points, the Saints wasted no time in getting her some open shots.

Kennedy hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and then did the same in the 2nd quarter to pull within a point of the 1,226 mark set by Sara Levesque in 2011. Kennedy then made a drive to the basket, finishing in traffic with her left hand to pass the tally.

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Sarah Bondy pushes past Lambton guard Paige Johnston. Bondy was fouled en route to the basket and earned two shots from the penalty stripe. She made 6 assists and 3 steals in the winning effort.
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The Saints increased their advantage and, by halftime, were up 42-25. St Clair eased to the victory from that point, shooting over 50% from the field in the contest.

Kennedy broke the record in style, finishing with a season high 29 points and adding 10 rebounds for the double-double. Fifth-year guard Jaide Lyons was the only other player in double figures for St Clair, scoring 21 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists.

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Saints forward Nicole Tamm (4) drives to the hoop past Christine Fleischer in OCAA action Friday night at the SportsPlex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Saints (10-4) have four games remaining in the regular season beginning this weekend with a pair of home matches. Friday they will take on 2nd place Mohawk (12-3) at 6:00pm. Then on Saturday, the Saints will host 5th place Niagara (8-7) with the tip-off at 4:00pm.

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Shannon Kennedy takes flight with a left-handed layup en route to the all-time career scoring record for the St Clair Saints.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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The ball is on its way to the basket for Kennedy’s 13th and 14th points, to surpass Sara Levesque as the Saints career leading scorer.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Torrie Handsor has the perfect seat to watch Shannon Kennedy’s historic bucket. The ball dropped through the netting for 2 of Kennedy’s total 29 points against Lambton on 5 February 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata