Lady Gens defeat Sarnia St. Christopher 57-32 for eighth straight SWOSSAA basketball title

By Joel Charron

A week after winning their ninth straight WECSSAA title, the General Amherst lady Gens Senior girls basketball team added their eighth straight SWOSSAA title to their resume.

The Lady Gens captured the title Thursday night, defeating the Sarnia St. Christopher Cyclones 57-32.

Jaylin VandeBovenkamp continued her stellar post-season play by scoring a game high 17 points while Aleah Marton and Sarah Bondy both pitched in with 10 points each.

According to Lady Gens head coach Dom Silvaggio, defense paved the way for the eight straight SWOSSAA title.

“They played really well. They stepped up when they needed to step up,” said Silvaggio.

The Cyclones were missing one of their top players with a torn ACL, however the Lady Gens were unable to capitalize on the advantage as Lindsay Kondracki was regulated to the bench because of early foul trouble.

Although Sarnia St. Christopher remained within arm length of the Lady Gens in the first quarter, Silvaggio said the size and speed of the Lady Gens played a factor in Amherst pulling away, leading 33-20 at the half.

The Lady Gens held the Cyclones to only three points in the third quarter.

“In the second half, we shut them down,” said Silvaggio. “That was definitely the difference.”

Silvaggio said the SWOSSAA finals had a similar feel as the WECSSAA final against Kingsville, stating that the Cyclones stayed with the Lady Gens early but pulling away at the end. Silvaggio said he was pleased to see his squad extend the lead to over 20 when they had a chance, stating that a lead like that gives a mental advantage.

“They didn’t let them back in,” said Silvaggio. “It showed an improvement in the mental aspect of our game.”

Silvaggio also mentioned Lady Gens have practiced a match-up zone defense all season with this game being the focus.  He said the Cyclones have had problems with Amherst’s match-up zone defense in the past.

“The girls were probably wondering why we kept practicing it if we never use it,” said Silvaggio. “It was basically for this one game.”

With the win, the Lady Gens return to the OFSSA Championship in Brockville, Nov. 24-26 with their attention squarely on winning the gold medal.

“We’re hoping to win the gold obviously but we know there are a couple teams out there that are going to contend. I would be disappointed if we didn’t win a medal,” said Silvaggio.

Silvagio is hoping for the number one seed at OFSSA, stating the Lady Gens have lost only one game to an AA school in eight years. That loss came at the hands of a hot shooting Bishop Macdonnell team from Guelph in the 2008 OFSAA title game.

“I’m really proud of how we played and I’m happy we got the gold but now we’re totally focusing on OFSAA,” said VandeBovenkamp in a text message.


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