Ramie Tytgat

Lady Gens come close against Villanova in one of two games last week



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens were close to their first victory of the season last Tuesday but fell just short.

The Lady Gens went to Villanova but were defeated 42-38 in overtime. The game saw the Wildcats take a 20-17 lead at the half with Amherst tightening it to 27-25 after three quarters. With four minutes to go, Dani Brindley put the Lady Gens up 32-31 with the fourth quarter going back-and-forth the rest of the way.

Villanova had a 38-35 lead but Ramie Tytgat’s three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation put the game into overtime. However, Tytgat’s three-pointer would be the last points the Lady Gens would score as Villanova outscored the Lady Gens 4-0 in the four-minute overtime period.

General Amherst’s Lexi Dodds (35) drives to the basket during second half action last Tuesday at Villanova. The Wildcats defeated the Lady Gens 42-38 in overtime.

Lexi Dodds led Amherst in scoring against the Wildcats with 14 points while Brindley had 11 points. Tytgat scored nine points.

“There were crucial mistakes we made,” said General Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio. “In the first half, our defensive rebounding was non-existent. Out of (Villanova’s) 20 points, 14 of them came on second shot opportunities.”

Silvaggio believed the Lady Gens did a better job rebounding in the second half but added they also had problems with their shot selection.

“I think it comes down to making the right decisions when to shoot and when not to shoot,” said Silvaggio, adding there were three shots in the overtime period the Lady Gens took when they shouldn’t have.

The effort was better in two of the last three games, he said after the Villanova game.

“They didn’t quit,” said Silvaggio. “That’s good to see.”

The Lady Gens dropped to 0-7 on the season two nights later in a game at first-place Holy Names. The Knights knocked off the Lady Gens 42-22 with Holy Names improving to 5-1 with the win.

Taja Holmes scored nine points in the game for the Lady Gens.

General Amherst’s last scheduled regular season game is Thursday afternoon at Sandwich. The Sabres were 0-6 at press time.

Lady Gens “terrible” in loss to St. Anne, better in loss to Lajeunesse



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens’ senior girls basketball game last Thursday night was a game that, suffice it to say, didn’t impress their coaches.

The players also left the court unimpressed.

“That was just terrible,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio, after losing at home 51-15 to the St. Anne Saints. “That was one of those games where there is nothing good to say about it. I don’t even know who that team was out there. That should have been a closer game.”

The game was close for the first five minutes, said Silvaggio, but then things fell apart. He didn’t recall seeing a team play that poorly in the last 15-20 years and wanted the players to quickly put it behind them and move on.

“They have to remember how embarrassed they got but wipe out everything else about that game,” said Silvaggio.

General Amherst’s Brooklyn Prescott (41, right) brings the ball up the court during second half action in last Thursday’s loss to St. Anne.

Silvaggio said the Lady Gens, who fell to 0-3 in WECSSAA Tier 1 play after the game, had a bad game and hoped they got it out of their systems. They couldn’t hit any outside jump shots and became frustrated. Silvaggio noted a key moment in the game was the last 90 seconds of the first half when St. Anne expanded their lead from 18-11 to 27-11 heading into halftime.

Rebounding was also non-existent during last Thursday’s game, he added.

“There’s no excuses for the lack of rebounding,” he said.

Ramie Tytgat had six points while Lexi Dodds had four points.

“I think we are just really out of shape,” said Tytgat. “We need to work harder in practice. We’re not ready for games.”

Tytgat agreed with her coach that rebounding was poor, adding that they didn’t control the ball well either.

“We weren’t in this game, it seemed,” she said.

Tytgat also said they need to remember the embarrassment and use it as motivation going forward.

“Hopefully it will put a fire under our butts to get us to play harder next game,” she said.

Last Thursday’s game was a step backwards in terms of progress, Tytgat added.

“This is by far the worst game we’ve played,” she said after the games.

The Lady Gens also played last Tuesday (Oct. 3) at home versus Lajeunesse and lost 41-28. Silvaggio said that was a better effort, noting it was 16-16 at the half, but doomed themselves by shooting one-for-18 from the free throw line.

The game was within seven points in the fourth quarter but an offensive run by Lajeunesse in the fourth quarter sealed the deal. A key sequence was when the Lady Gens missed an easy layup with Lajeunesse going up the floor and hitting a three-pointer to seize momentum.

“We played well,” Silvaggio said of Tuesday’s game. “We kept fighting.”

General Amherst hosted Essex Tuesday at 4 p.m. They also host Kingsville Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Gens compete at University of Western Invitational


Special to the RTT

The General Amherst senior girls’ basketball team took part in the 32-team University of Western Invitational this past weekend.

In their opening game Amherst ended up on the short end of a 46-41 score in a highly competitive game against St. Thomas Aquinas from London. Lexi Dodds hit 13 of 14 of her free throws and ended up with a game high 31 points. Also scoring for Amherst were Ramie Tytgat with five, Dani Brindley with three and Taja Holmes with two points.

In their next game against Brantford Assumption, General Amherst trailed only by three at the half but had trouble finding the bottom of the basket in the second half and lost 38-25. Tytgat and Dodds had five points each in the game followed by Hannah Bauer with four and Holmes, Brindley and Emma Marshall all had three points each. Alyssa Herd rounded off the scoring with two points and Madison Pillon led the team in rebounds.

In their final game of the tournament, General Amherst led 31-11 after three quarters and coasted to a 39-21 victory over Waterloo Collegiate. Taja Holmes played a strong defensive game and led the team in steals. Lexi Dodds paced the scoring with 19, Dani Brindley had six, Emma Marshall had five, Madi Pillon had three and Taja Holmes, Breana Farias and Hannah Bauer all had two points each.

Amherst will have an exhibition game this Thursday against Brennan at home at 4:15 p.m.

Girls slo-pitch team now 4-2 on season after splitting games last week


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team now has four wins and two losses on the 2017 season after going 2-2 last week.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst's May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst’s May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens started the week strong with a 16-8 victory over Kingsville at Wigle Park. Megan Wismer said after the game that the team keeps improving, but noted they only had three games to that point due to the weather.

“Our defense wasn’t the greatest but our bats came alive,” she said. “It helped us win the game.”

Wismer, who was also a member of last year’s Lady Gens slo-pitch team, believed they can win the league title again this year if they play to their capabilities.

“I think we can win WECSSAA again if we play as a team and get our bats going,” she said.

The Lady Gens were in McGregor Wednesday for two games that had previously been postponed due to rain. They won the first one 16-2 over UMEI but lost the second one 15-7 to the Belle River Nobles.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens' 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens’ 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

The week concluded for General Amherst back at Wigle Park Thursday against the visiting Leamington Lions. It was not a good afternoon for the home team as Leamington came away with a 16-2 victory.

The Lady Gens conclude the regular season Thursday against Sandwich.

General Amherst senior girls basketball coach hoping for offseason commitment from players


Although the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team lost their playoff game to Belle River 35-33, the team’s head coach sees a good future for the program.

Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio said the Lady Gens fell just short against the Nobles.

“If we had another ten seconds I think we could have won it,” said Silvaggio. “We were down 8-2 after the first quarter, again struggled to score. We were then down 17-8 in the second but came back and cut it to 17-15 by halftime. The third quarter was our undoing; we got out scored 10-2 and some crucial non-calls hurt us.”

General Amherst's Ramie Tytgat (11) heads to the hoop during a recent game against Kingsville. The season is over for the General Amherst Lady Gens but coach Dom Silvaggio is pleased with their improvement throughout the year.

General Amherst’s Ramie Tytgat (11) heads to the hoop during a recent game against Kingsville. The season is over for the General Amherst Lady Gens but coach Dom Silvaggio is pleased with their improvement throughout the year.

Silvaggio added: “In the fourth quarter we completely outplayed them and finally we started making our lay ups and almost caught them. Again, I am positive if we had another ten seconds we would have. I was very proud of how our girls played and the improvement they made throughout the season. We had lost to the same team by 26 during the regular season.”

Working on their basketball skills in the offseason is something Silvaggio has been emphasizing and did so again after the Belle River game.

“The future looks good for us as long as the girls put in the time and work on their fundamental skills. I plan on having some skill sessions for all girls from Grades 6-12 throughout the year,” he said. “Hopefully anyone in the area that is serious about their basketball will come out. I will try to get the word out when that will be, and any girl that is interested can contact me and I will let them know. We definitely want to get the interest in basketball back up and get back to where our expectations are to medal at OFSAA.”