Les Dynamiques Outlast Saints At CCAA Championships

ST Clair's Christina Gatto (L), Director of Athletics and Sport Developement, presents Sainte-Foy's Kim Letang with player of the game honours after the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

St Clair’s Christina Gatto (L), Director of Athletics and Sport Development, presents Sainte-Foy’s Kim Letang with player of the game honours after the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Français à suivre – As a guest in their own home, the St Clair Saints entered the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship ranked 8th and matched against the favoured Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy. Tipping off at 6:00pm, the third of four opening round games, the tilt had all the excitement the packed Sportsplex had been anticipating.

As expected, Sainte-Foy jumped into an early lead, courtesy of a 17-3 run, as St Clair couldn’t manage to score with any consistency. The Saints shot a dreadful 29% from the floor while going 2-for17 beyond the arc. Les Dynamiques knocked down 36.1% from the field with most points coming from within the paint.

By the end of 10 minutes, Sainte-Foy held a commanding lead of 19-8 and appeared in control of the game. St Clair head coach Andy Kiss made some adjustments between the periods, however, and the Saints shook off the jitters apparent in the opening quarter.

The baskets started dropping for the Saints and they struggled to overcome the Sainte-Foy pressure. The Green and Gold greatly bettered their 1st quarter output and managed to outscore Les Dynamiques 18-11 to draw within 4 by half time. Their uphill battle was helped by a 12-0 run and a trey at the buzzer.

St Clair opened the 3rd quarter on an 8-0 run to take over the lead for the first time in the game. The overwhelming hometown crowd appreciated the valiant effort to overtake the powerful Sainte-Foy squad, but there was still a long way to play.

Shannon Kennedy (14) goes high to shoot over top of Isaeve Sirois (24) as Maggy Chabot looks on during the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Shannon Kennedy (14) goes high to shoot over top of Isaeve Sirois (24) as Maggy Chabot looks on during the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By the end of the 3rd frame the Saints held a 46-42 advantage, but Sainte-Foy had chipped away at the Saints’ lead in the final couple of minutes, setting up for a turbulent final quarter.

Just as they enjoyed a hot hand in the 2nd and 3rd, St Clair’s shooters fell silent in the 4th, picking up just 5 points as Sainte-Foy battled back to re-take the lead. Ahead by 3 with seconds to play, Sainte-Foy’s Kim Letang dropped two free throws to seal the deal 56-51, and advance to the gold medal quarter finals.

Letang was named player of the game for Sainte-Foy after putting up a team-high 13 points, including 3-for-4 from outside. Les Dynamique were assisted by Laurie Marchand who dropped 10 points and 3 steals and by Isaeve Sirois and Lea Dominique who wiped the glass for 11 and 9 rebounds, respectively.

Laurie Marchand tries to avoid the defense of Jaide Lyons (20) during the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Laurie Marchand tries to avoid the defense of Jaide Lyons (20) during the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

St Clair’s Torrie Handsor was named player of the game for the Saints as she recorded a double-double with a game-high 14 points and 10 boards. Handsor was helped offensively by St Clair’s all-time leading scorer, Shannon Kennedy, who chipped in 11 points, and 5th year guard Jaide Lyons quietly adding 10.

Kennedy also grabbed 11 rebounds to join Handsor in the double-double club, while Sarah Bondy dished off for 5 and swiped 5 as well.

In other opening day scores the Vancouver Island University Mariners fell to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks 74-36 and the OCAA Champion Humber Hawks disposed of the St. Mary’s Lightning 83-47. In a later game, the Holland Hurricanes upset the favourite Nomades de Montmornecy by a score of 87-78.

Those results determined the day 2 match-ups. The Mariners and Lightning will tip off for a spot in the bronze medal qualifier as will the Saints and Les Nomades. Looking for entry to the gold and silver game will be the Ooks and Hawks as well as Les Dynamiques and the Hurricanes.

Lea Dominique (7) eyes the basket as Shannon Kennedy attempts to defend during the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lea Dominique (7) eyes the basket as Shannon Kennedy attempts to defend during the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

En tant que client dans leur propre maison, les Saints de St-Clair entré National Basketball Championship classé  féminin de l’ACSC et appariés contre favorisée Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy. Tipping descendre à 18h00, le troisième de quatre matchs de la ronde d’ouverture, l’inclinaison avait toute l’excitation du Sportsplex emballé avait été d’anticiper.

Comme prévu, Sainte-Foy a sauté dans une avance rapide, grâce à un run 17-3 comme St Clair ne parvenait pas à marquer avec toute cohérence. Les Saints ont tiré sur un terrible 29% du sol tout en allant de 2-for17 au-delà de l’arc. Les Dynamiques renversé 36,1% sur le terrain avec la plupart des points qui viennent de l’intérieur de la peinture.

À la fin de 10 minutes, Sainte-Foy a tenu une avance de 19-8 et est apparue dans le contrôle du jeu. St Clair entraîneur-chef Andy Kiss a fait quelques ajustements entre les périodes, cependant, et les Saints secoua la frousse apparentes dans le quartier d’ouverture.

St Clair's player of the game, Torrie Handsor (15), is closely covered by Lea Dominique during the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

St Clair’s player of the game, Torrie Handsor (15), is closely covered by Lea Dominique during the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Les paniers ont commencé à tomber pour les Saints et ils ont lutté pour surmonter la pression Sainte-Foy. Le vert et or grandement amélioré leur production du 1er trimestre et a réussi à outscore Les Dynamiques 18-11 pour dessiner au sein de 4 par mi-temps. Leur bataille difficile a été aidé par une course de 12-0 et un trey au buzzer.

St Clair a ouvert le 3ème trimestre sur une course de 8-0 pour prendre la tête pour la première fois dans le jeu. La foule locale écrasante apprécié le vaillant effort pour rattraper la puissante formation de Sainte-Foy, mais il y avait encore un long chemin à jouer.

À la fin de la 3e cadre des Saints a tenu un avantage 46-42, mais Sainte-Foy avait rogné l’avance de Saints dans le couple final de minutes, la mise en place d’un dernier trimestre turbulent.

Tout comme ils jouissaient d’une main chaude dans le 2e et 3e, les tireurs de St Clair se turent dans le 4ème, ramasser seulement 5 points de Sainte-Foy comme bataillé pour reprendre les devants. Ahead par 3 avec les secondes à jouer, Kim Letang de Sainte-Foy a chuté deux lancers francs pour sceller l’affaire 56-51, et l’avance pour les quarts de finale pour la médaille d’or.

Letang a été nommé joueur du match pour Sainte-Foy après avoir mis en place une équipe de haut de 13 points, dont 3-en-4 de l’extérieur. Les Dynamique ont été aidés par Laurie Marchand qui a chuté de 10 points et 3 interceptions et par Isaeve Sirois et Lea Dominique qui essuya le verre pour 11 et 9 rebonds, respectivement.

Torrie Handsor (15) attempts to block Abigail Leberge (3) as Sarah Bondy (5) and Rachel Marceau (8) look on during the CCAA 2015-16 Women's National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Torrie Handsor (15) attempts to block Abigail Leberge (3) as Sarah Bondy (5) and Rachel Marceau (8) look on during the CCAA 2015-16 Women’s National Basketball Championship first round game between the les Dynamique de Sainte-Foy and the St Clair Saints on March 17, 2016 at the Sportsplex in Windsor.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Torrie Handsor a été nommé joueur du match pour les Saints comme elle a enregistré un double-double avec un jeu de haut 14 points et 10 rebonds. Handsor a été aidé offensivement par tous les temps meilleur buteur de Shannon Kennedy, qui ébréchée en 11 points, et 5 gardes an Jaide Lyons ajoutant tranquillement 10.

Kennedy a également saisi 11 rebonds pour rejoindre Handsor dans le club double-double, tandis que Sarah Bondy prodiguées off pour 5 et glissée 5 ainsi.

En d’autres scores de jour d’ouverture des universitaires Mariners l’île de Vancouver est tombé au Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks 74-36 et les OCAA Champion Hawks de Humber disposés de foudre 83-47 de St Mary. Dans un jeu plus tard, les Hurricanes de Hollande bouleversé le favori Nomades de Montmornecy par un score de 87-78.

Ces résultats ont déterminé les jours 2 match-ups. Les Mariners et la foudre se pencher hors pour une place dans la médaille de bronze de qualification tout comme les Saints et les Nomades. Vous recherchez l’entrée au jeu d’or et d’argent seront les Ooks et Hawks, ainsi que les Dynamiques et les Hurricanes.

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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