(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team hosted the Niagara Knights Sunday in pivotal OCAA West Region matchup as they jockey for playoff position in the season’s final weeks. Heading into the game, 5th year Lady Saints’ player Shannon Kennedy was nearing the OCAA career record for all-time scoring.
Kennedy was sitting at 1,322 points, just 21 shy of the OCAA record held by Jesseca Brown from Redeemer. She fell just two points shy of the scoring mark with 19 points as the Saints dropped the game 80-73 to Niagara at the SportsPlex.
The loss left the Saints (10-7) without a chance of securing a home playoff game.
St Clair fell behind by ten points in early stages, but closed to within 20-16 after the opening quarter. They spring boarded into the second quarter on a 13-point run as part of a 31 point output to lead 47-38 at the break.
Niagara regained their composure in the 3rd quarter, but saved their best for the 4th period, outscoring St Clair 23-9 down the stretch. The teams both made 9 triples in the game, but Niagara capitalized to score 29 points off 22 Saints turnovers while shooting a better percentage in the game.
Kennedy completed a double-double on the day by adding 10 rebounds, as well as 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. Jana Kucera scored 16 points to with 5 rebounds, but fouled out in the 4th quarter. Jaimi Chauvin and Logan Kucera each chipped in with 11 points for the Saints.
Kennedy has been slowly chipping away at the scoring record and, along the way, has received recognition in several individual areas, in addition to helping St Clair to an OCAA Bronze Medal in her rookie year.
She is averaging 14.6 points per game this season, and is top 20 in OCAA scoring, which is just below her career average of 15.6 ppg. In her five seasons for the Saints, she has played in 150 games, including exhibition and playoff appearances.
Over that time, Kennedy has amassed a remarkable 2,201 career points in a St Clair uniform, which is nearly 1,000 points better than any other female Saints player. In fact, earlier this season, Kennedy passed the St Clair men’s scoring leader, Henry Koscielski (1974-78), who put up 2,076 career points.
With 3 games remaining in the regular season, Kennedy has a chance to surpass the record and add to her final total.
- February 17 at Humber Hawks at 6pm
- February 18 at Sheridan Bruins at 1pm
- February 21 vs Lambton Lions at 6pm