Lady Gens lose to Holy Names, win Belle River tournament



Cutline: Lady Gens’ Aleah Marton uses her body to shield the ball from a Holy Names defender as she drives toward the basket.


Lady Gens-KnightsBy Joel Charron


It was everything you hoped a matchup of two top teams would be.

The General Amherst Lady Gens hooked up with the Holy Names Knights and provided some thrilling entertainment.

The Knights (4-0) defeated the Lady Gens (3-1) 43-37, handing Amherst their first loss of the season in a back and forth affair at Amherst last Thursday evening.

Holy Names jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead however Amherst weathered the early attack and battled back to tie the game at 9-9 after the first frame.

The Knight overwhelmed the Lady Gens defensively in the second quarter. Amherst didn’t record their first points of the quarter until 3:04 left to play and was held to only five point while allowing 12.

Amherst trailed 22-14 at halftime.

The Lady Gens came out of the locker room a different team, scoring the quarters first five points and exploding for 16 in the quarter.

Heading into the final frame, Holy Names led 33-30.

Amherst pushed the pace in the opening minutes and took the lead 35-34 with five minutes to play, however Holy Names was able to pull away down the stretch for a 43-37 win.

Head coach Dom Silvaggio was pleased with how the Lady Gens handled themselves against one of the best teams in Ontario.

“I thought they played well, I really did,” he said. “The only thing we didn’t do is finishing some lay-ups, which hurt us and definitely cost us the game.”

“We missed 12 in the first half,” said Amherst point guard Aleah Marton. “If make half of those than it’s a different story. We have to focus more on those little shots.”

Silvaggio credited Sydney Emerson for stepping up and helping Jaylin VandeBovenkamp control the boards. Emerson finished with 15 rebounds and VandeBovenkamp with 14.

“Sydney came of age tonight. I thought it was her best game by far this year,” said Silvaggio. “She played tough and she played good. I was very happy for her to see that.”

Marton mentioned they last time they played Holy Names they lost by 25.

“We played really well and that’s what we really wanted,” she said. “We wanted to show them that one game was a fluke.”

Despite the loss, Silvaggio believes the Lady Gens are starting to see their potential.

“That game there proved to me that we can play with everybody,” he said. “If they start finishing…look out.”

“We really showed Sir (Silvaggio) what kind of team we are,” said Marton. “Our season is a little bumpy and a little rough but we showed that we can play against these quad A teams.”

Marton and VandeBovenkamp both finished with 14 points, Emerson pitched in with four points, Emma Deluca with three points and Dani Leroux with two points.

The Amherst senior girls basketball team captured the Belle River Invitational on the weekend by defeating Kingsville, Sandwich and L’Essor. In their first game they got off to a slow start and trailed 14-13 after the first quarter but then got their act in gear and defeated Kingsville 47-26. Marton led the scoring with 15 points, VandeBovenkamp and Kayla Daguerre had eight each, Robin Kellam had seven, Leroux had three and Madison Turner, Emerson and Atong Yout had two . VandeBovenkamp led the team in rebounding with 17.

In their second game they raced off to a 40- 23 halftime lead over Sandwich before coasting to a 64-46 win. Leroux had 15 points, Kellam had 12, Marton and Turner had 11 each, VandeBovenkamp had seven, Daguerre had four and DeLuca and Abbie Barron had two each. Emerson led the team in rebounding with 11.

In the championship game Amherst took an 18-3 lead after one quarter and went on to defeat L’Essor 50-24. VandeBovenkamp and Marton had 11 each, Turner had nine, Kellam had six, Daguerre had five, Barron had three, Emerson and Deluca had two each and Yuot had one.

Aleah Marton was named the tournament MVP and Jalin VandeBovenkamp, Robin Kellam and Kayla Daguerre were selected to the tournament all star team.

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