(WELLAND, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team lost 83-56 Saturday night in Hamilton, surrendering 2nd place in the OCAA’s West Region.
The Lady Saints started slow by falling behind 17-11 after the opening quarter, but responded in the 2nd to only trail Mohawk 31-29 at halftime.
St Clair stayed within striking distance during the 3rd quarter, but were undone in the game’s final frame after giving up 29 points as the game spiraled out of control.
Neither team shot particularly well from the field, but Mohawk scored 28 points off 26 Saints turnovers and enjoyed a 35-13 advantage in bench scoring. Although Mohawk didn’t make a high percentage they did convert twelve triples in the game to just three for St Clair.
Three St Clair players reached double figures, led by the WESPY Award nominee, Shannon Kennedy, who scored 14 points to go along with 7 rebounds.
Shianne Riggan and Nicole Tamm each scored 12 points for the Saints.
The women lost their third OCAA West Region game in a row after dropping a 63-56 decision to the Niagara Knights in Welland, Sunday afternoon.
The Saints were in control early when they took a 16-12 lead after the 1st quarter. But after holding a 27-21 advantage in the 2nd quarter they allowed Niagara to close out the half with an 18-2 run and St Clair trailed 39-29 at the intermission.
The women played hard down the stretch and closed to within five points twice, including 60-55 in the late stages. But, that was as close as they would come and could not pressure Niagara into any mistakes in the game’s final minute.
The teams were evenly matched statistically, but Niagara had a slight advantage in shooting and made a few key triples to scratch the separation.
Kennedy scored a game high 25 points and added 14 rebounds for the double-double.
Aleah Marton also notched a double-double by scoring 11 points to go with 10 rebounds.
The Saints will next face the Humber Hawks at the Sportsplex on February 18 at 4:00pm. The following day they will host the Sheridan Bruins starting at 1:00pm.