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.
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.
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.
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.