Saints Positioned For Playoffs

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St Clair’s Sarah Bondy dropped four triples in the 1st half against Mohawk, scoring 14 of her 16 points by the break. Bondy followed that up with 9 points and 5 helpers vs Niagara, the following afternoon.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ted Beale

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team dropped a pivotal game against Mohawk, Friday night at the SportsPlex, by a score of 71-64, leaving the Saints with little chance of a home play-off game.

The Saints were slow out of the gate and trailing 19-11 after the opening quarter, but responded well in the 2nd quarter to lead 38-31 by halftime. But an injury to St Clair guard Shannon Kennedy early in the 3rd left them shorthanded down the stretch, and were outscored 40-26 in the second half.

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Jaide Lyons (20) goes high for 2 points in the 1st quarter against Mohawk on 12 February 2016. Her 19 points weren’t enough as the Mountaineers held on for a 71-64 victory.
Photo by John Skinner.

St Clair cut the deficit to just three points with a few minutes to play, but could not get any closer.

The Saints were statistical winners in many categories, but were outscored 22-2 in points off the bench and turned the ball over 27 times, giving Mohawk 16 more shot opportunities.

Fifth-year guard Jaide Lyons led St Clair with 19 points, adding 4 rebounds and a remarkable 8 assists.

Third-year St Clair point guard Sarah Bondy continued her fine shooting by knocking down four triples in the opening half to score 14 of her 16 points by the break. Foul trouble hampered her 2nd half, however, and slowed down the offence for St Clair.

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Nicole Tamm dishes to Torrie Handsor (15) during 1st half play at the SportsPlex in Windsor, on 13 February 2016. Tamm scored a double-double the previous night vs Mohawk and followed it up with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals against Niagara.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Nicole Tamm also reached double figures as she scored 12 points and cleared 14 rebounds for a double-double, not to mention 4 blocked shots.

The women rebounded on Saturday, decked out in throwback jerseys, and finished their home regular season schedule. Sporting the 1967-68 St Clair look, the Saints emerged with a 66-48 win over the 5th place Niagara Knights.

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Rachel Duic was named St Clair player-of-the-game on 13 February 2016 vs Niagara. The Saints wore the 1967-68 throwback uniforms for their Alumni Day festivities and the 66-48 win over the Knights.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In control form the start, the Saints never trailed the entire contest and were comfortably ahead 42-18 by halftime. By late in the 3rd quarter, St Clair was up by as much as 33 points and were able to empty their bench in the 4th which allowed all eleven players to tally points on the score sheet.

Second-year guard Rachel Duic led the Saints by scoring 12 points and adding 3 steals.

Sophomores Tamm and Torrie Handsor each scored 10 points. Tamm added 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals to help fill the stat line for the Saints.

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Jaide Lyons (20) watches as Torrie Handsor extends for a rebound against Mohawk on 12 February 2016. The Mountaineers prevailed over the Saints 71-64.
Photo by John Skinner.

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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