Royals Hit The Skids At St Clair

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – The Saints are now 4-0 on the season after a convincing 61-49 win over the visiting Redeemer Royals at the SportsPlex on Saturday.

St Clair jumped out to a large lead in the 1st quarter, doubling the Royals 18-9. However, Redeemer chipped away at the lead and the teams went to the dressing rooms at halftime with the Saints in front 30-19.

“We got off to a great start, as we have in our first three OCAA games, up 26-9,” said Saints head coach Andy Kiss. “They closed out the 1st half on a 10-4 run and they edged closer and closer. But, I look at the positive side; I think it was good for our kids to get in a game where things weren’t going right and they had to find their way to victory.”

In the face of doule coverage, Shannon Kennedy (14) puts up 2 of her 17 points during women's OCAA basketball action between the Redeemer Royals and St Clair Saints in Windsor, Ontario, on 12 November 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In the face of doule coverage, Shannon Kennedy (14) puts up 2 of her 17 points during women’s OCAA basketball action between the Redeemer Royals and St Clair Saints in Windsor, Ontario, on 12 November 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Royals outpaced the Saints in the 3rd quarter and closed the gap to just 2 points. In the final frame, St Clair put the brakes on the Royals offense and won the quarter 21-11.

“We just got after them. We caused a bit of havoc,” Kiss said. “Aleah Marton really made some nice plays down the stretch. Shannon Kennedy, Torrie Handsor, and Nicole Tamm had a nice game. A good team win.”

Kennedy led the scoring for St Clair with 17. She added 7 boards and 6 steals in the win.

St Clair guard Leah Beeler (12) drives past a Redeemer defender during women's OCAA basketball action between the Royals and Saints in Windsor, Ontario, on 12 November 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Leah Beeler during women’s OCAA basketball action between the Redeemer Royals and St Clair Saints in Windsor, Ontario, on 12 November 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Wallaceburg’s Handsor registered a double-double, dropping 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Marton out of General Amherst put up 13 points for the Saints. In addition to 11 points, Nicole Tamm went to work defensively with 2 steals and 2 blocks.

St Clair is on the road tonight in London to face Fanshawe before returning for a double-header on the weekend starting with Mohawk at 6:00pm on Friday and Niagara Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm.

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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.
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