Lady Gens open WECSSAA season 2-0, also win St. Clair College tourney


Dani Leroux drives to the basket during last Tuesday afternoon’s 53-19 Amherst win over Essex.

Dani Leroux drives to the basket during last Tuesday afternoon’s 53-19 Amherst win over Essex.

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team captured the St. Clair College Invitational over the weekend by defeating a very talented and tall Sarnia Northern team 43-34 in the championship game.

Northern won the silver medal at AAA OFSAA last year and are one of the favourites this year as they feature three players over six-feet.

Amherst used good ball movement, great defense and some good outside shooting to counter Sarnia’s size. Amherst got off to a quick start but Northern battled back and led by one at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Gens picked it up in the second quarter and had a 26-20 halftime lead. Kayla Daguerre scored 20 points, Aleah Marton scored 13 and Olivia Starling had nine, and Sydney Emerson had one.

In earlier games, Amherst defeated Villanova 51-40. Marton and Kayla Daguerre each had 13 points, Starling had 12, Madison Turner had five, while Emerson and Gracie Clifford had four each.

General Amherst also defeated Sarnia St. Clair 50-31. Starling had 13, Emma Deluca had nine, Marton had eight, Daguerre had six, Clifford, Emerson and Turner all had four and Dani Leroux had two points.

The tournament committee selected Daguerre as the MVP and they also selected Marton to the all star team for the tournament.

The Lady Gens opened the WECSSAA season with a 53-19 win over the visiting Essex Red Raiders last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens led 15-11 after one quarter but shut the Raiders out 12-0 in the second quarter to gain a 27-11 halftime lead. Amherst only allowed eight points total over the final three quarters en route to the victory.

Amherst coach Dom Silvaggio said they didn’t get off to the start he wanted against Essex but acknowledged he was trying a few different strategies to see what worked and what didn’t. In the second quarter, the Lady Gens took control and pulled away for the victory.

“We’re still a work in progress as far as our rebounding goes,” he said. “Our defense is getting better.”

The Lady Gens also missed some open shots against the Red Raiders, something Silvaggio wants to see rectified.

“Once we hit those, we’ll be OK,” he stated.

Silvaggio sees room for improvement from the Lady Gens and said the team’s lack of height this season is noticeable in earlier tournaments in London and Windsor.

Marton had 12 points against Essex with Starling scoring ten. Daguerre scored seven points while Emerson had six. Clifford and Deluca each had five points while Turner, Hanna Daguerre, Chelsea Thistle and Leroux each had two points.

Amherst also won their second straight league game of the year by defeating Tecumseh Vista 48-8 last Thursday. They led 31-0 after the first half and coasted to victory. Marton had 10 points, Starling had nine, Deluca had seven, Clifford had six, while Turner, Emerson, Kayla Daguerre, and Leroux all had four each.

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