Lady Gens thrash Leamington on way to semi-finals berth

By Joel Charron

It resembled more of a pick-up game rather than a playoff game.

The General Amherst Lady Gens coasted to a 55-6 quarterfinal win over the Leamington Lions Monday evening.

“I thought we played very well,” said Rebecca French. “We came in with a game plan and I thought we did a good job executing it.”

It was evident from the beginning that the Lions were out-matched, committing five turnovers in the first 90 seconds of the game.


Lady Gens Christine Belcher, sacrfices her body as she dives head first after a loose ball in first quarter action against Leamington in the WECCSAA Tier 1 quarterfinals

The Lady Gens scored the games first 28 points before Leamington recorded their first two points on free throws.

“We wanted to work on some things in this game, however the score got out of hand and we really couldn’t do that,” said head coach Dom Silvaggio.

The Lady Gens forced Leamington into 24 first half turnovers, 18 of which came in the first quarter.

Leamington would get shut out until the fourth quarter, when the Lions scored four points as the Amherst muscled their way into the semi-finals, Wednesday night.

Amherst fielded a full roster for the first time in nearly half a season with Christine Belcher, Jaylin VandeBovenkamp and Sarah Bondy all dressing in uniform.

Silvaggio said he was hoping to get his starters more playing time to get them into game shape, however with the Lady Gens opening up such a large lead he thought it would best to rest them.

“They need some game minutes,” said Silvaggio. “It’s going to be hard to come back and turn on that switch against someone like Kingsville.”

Silvaggio added the team still has some things to tune up, but will have to do so in practice.

Silvaggio said they would mostly likely play L’Essor, Wednesday night at 4 p.m. at Amherst.

The Lady Gens are chasing their ninth straight WECCAA Tier 1 championship.

“I think it would be an honour to add to the history the lady Gens have at Amherst,” said French at the possibility of winning a championship.

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