By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team fell 61-53 to Fanshawe, Friday night at the SportsPlex, dropping their West Region record to 11-3 with four games left in the regular season.
Although St Clair opened the game with a few baskets, Fanshawe responded to take a 15-13 lead after the opening quarter. Fanshawe increased their lead slightly heading into halftime ahead 29-25, but the Falcons stretched it out to the largest lead, early in the 2nd half, at 39-28.
Trailing by ten points entering the fourth quarter, the Saints were able to mount a comeback by trimming the lead to just 3 points with a few minutes to go. But, Fanshawe was good down the stretch from the free throw line to preserve the win.
The Falcons outrebounded St Clair 44-35 in the game and shot a respectable 65% (15-23) from the free throw line, compared to the Saints, who managed to convert at only 46% (10-22). St Clair did shoot a better percentage from the floor, but the game was decided on rebounds and loose balls.
The Saints were led by Shannon Kennedy, who scored a game-high 23 points while adding 9 rebounds, but she was the only Saint able to reach double figures in the low scoring affair.
Torrie Handsor scored 8 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for St Clair.
There was better luck on the men’s side as the Saints won their second straight West Region game with a 97-84 victory over Fanshawe, the same night. St Clair exploded for 31 opening quarter points, taking an 18 point lead.
The Saints continued to keep the pressure on and, after shooting 51% from the floor, found themselves ahead 48-33 going into halftime.
St Clair kept it rolling and increased their lead in the second half to 31 points (81-50) early in the fourth quarter. However, Fanshawe put up big numbers in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer than 12 points (96-84) in the game’s final minute.
Balanced scoring allowed St Clair to put five players in double figures with Anthony Limbombe leading the charge with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Jermaine Lynch scored 15 points to go with 4 assists for the Saints as teammate Lance Drummonds dropped 12 points and pulled down 6 boards.
Juwan Lynch and Andrés Bravo each chipped in 10 apiece for St Clair.
The Saints capitalized on a few more turnovers, but outdid Fanshawe in bench scoring, 41-26, and shot a slightly better percentage over the course of game.
The men and women will visit Mohawk and Niagara this weekend.