By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team recorded an 84-33 home court victory, sweeping a weekend doubleheader with Cambrian College, of Sudbury, at the SportsPlex Sunday afternoon, to move their record to 9-2 in the OCAA’s West Region.
The women posted an 87-46 victory over Cambrian on Saturday afternoon. Slow paced to start, the Saints eventually got some easy looks to take an 18-7 lead after the opening quarter. Cambrian stayed within striking distance using four 3-pointers in the second quarter, but still trailed St Clair 35-22 at halftime.
However, the Saints put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the visitors 25-6 in the frame. St. Clair enjoyed a 72-27 advantage in rebounds and parlayed that into 22 second chance points. The Saints also defended the rim well with 11 blocked shots against the undersized squad from Sudbury.
Third-year Saints forward Nicole Tamm had a strong game, scoring 20 points and adding an impressive 16 rebounds to go with 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.
Shannon Kennedy put up 19 points, reaching a double-double with 11 boards, and still found time to distribute 5 assists.
Torrie Handsor had another double-double for the Saints, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Aleah Marton and Elena Caldarelli each chipped with 10 points.
On Sunday, the Saints seized control early in this contest, jumping out to a 21-5 lead after the 1st quarter and although Cambrian played nearly even in the 2nd quarter, still trailed 38-20 at halftime. St Clair never looked back, cruising to the victory and once again held a healthy 62-24 advantage in rebounding.
The Saints also got 27 points from their bench and an additional 15 points on the second chance from 20 offensive rebounds. Great ball movement for St Clair resulted in a season high 28 assists as a team.
Fourth-year Saints guard Kennedy easily eclipsed her season average by scoring a game-high 24 points and narrowly missed a double-double with 9 rebounds.
Tamm had another strong game, scoring 16 points while adding 10 rebounds to go with a remarkable 7 assists and 3 blocked shots for the Saints.
Handsor had a steady game with 11 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Caldarelli added another with 10 points for the Saints.
A noteworthy performance was shown by 2nd year Saints guard Leah Beeler, who didn’t record a point but managed to distribute 8 assists and just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds.
The next St Clair games will be on the road January 21 at Redeemer Royals and January 27 in Sarnia at Lambton Lions. The Saints return home for a February 3 match-up with Fanshawe Falcons, tipping off at 6:00pm.