Lady Gens 4-0

By Aaron Jahn

The Lady Gens defeated St. Anne’s 44 to 35 in a fast paced game on October 6, lead by 13 points from Lindsay Kondracki.

St. Anne’s held Amherstburg in check offensively for much of the first quarter, but had a hard time putting the ball through the hoop. The Lady Gens took command in the second quarter and left at half time with a 23 to 19 lead.

St. Anne’s took control offensively at the start of the second half, keeping the ball in the Lady Gens end for much of the third quarter and outscoring them 8-1.  But they couldn’t put the game away as the Lady Gens defense held strong.

Jaylin VandeBovenkampe takes a free throw vs St. Anne's

“Our Defence was strong, especially in the second half,” said Amherstburg head coach Dom Silvaggio. “First half I thought we started a little tentative.  The second half, especially the first two people in our zone we were able to cause a lot of havoc.”

An injury to Christine Belcher midway through the third quarter sparked the Lady Gens who promptly went on a 9-2 run, retaking a lead they wouldn’t give up.  Belcher was hurt in a scrum for the ball, getting elbowed and then stepped on.  She didn’t return to the game and appeared to still be feeling the effects at the end of the game.

The offensive spark came from fierce offensive pressure and ball control by Jaylin VandeBovenkamp who scored 12 points and kept control of the pace of the game for the Lady Gens.  Katie Breault also had a big contribution with 12 points.  VandeBovenkamp thought the game was tough, but fun.

“I thought the game was really, really scrappy.  But the other team was really good competition.  The game was really intense and I had fun playing against them,” said VandeBovenkamp.  “I feed off of everyone else’s energy and that helps me generate my own energy.”

Silvaggio also had praise for the St. Anne’s group for the effort they put forward against his squad.

“You’ve got to give them all the credit in the world they were very aggressive on the ball and the whole team put pressure on the offensive side of the ball they were diving for loose balls,” said Silvaggio.

According to their coach they’ve had a couple of bad games but they came ready to play tonight.  I was really happy with our team in the second half they played really well.”

A dominating fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Lady Gens as they controlled both sides of the ball and made short work of a tired St. Anne’s defence.

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