Lady Gens win two of three in tournament

This past weekend the Amherst Sr. girl’s basketball team took part in the prestigious University of Western tournament.  This tournament had 32 teams in it with many of the top high schools in the province attending. In their first game, Amherst got off to a slow start against Governor Simcoe for St. Catherines and trailed 32-25 at halftime. Amherst turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and held Governor Simcoe to four points on their way to a 51-36 victory. The defense was led by Christine Belcher’s four steals and she also held Governor Simcoe’s top scorer scoreless in the second half. Jalylin VandeBovenkamp led the scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Katie Breault had 10 points and 13 rebounds, Lindsay Kondracki had eight points and six rebounds, Sarah Bondy had seven points Belcher had four points and 10 rebounds and Karli Ficociello had two points.

In their second game Amherst took on Bishop Tonnos from Hamilton. Bishop Tonnos won the OFSSA AAAA silver medal last year and had just recently won the University of Windsor tournament last week. Amherst dominated the boards and came away with a convincing 61 – 43 victory. Kondracki had 17 points, Vandebovenkamp had 16, Belcher had 12 points and 14 rebounds, Mackenzie Morencie had six points, Rebecca Krug had five points, Breault had three points and 11 rebounds and Aleah Marton had two points and played a strong floor game at the guard position.

In their third game they were matched up with Hamilton Westdale considered to be a top medal threat at this year’s OFSAA AAAA.  Amherst played Westdale tough for the first 12 minutes of the game and led 18 -16.  Amherst then went cold and turnovers, missed layups and missed free throws were too much to overcome and Westdale came out on top of a 68- 44 score. Leading to the defeat was Amherst’s 23 missed free throws and 26 short range shots or layups. VandeBovenkamp. Kondracki and Belcher all had 10 points each, Breault had eight, Robin Kellam, Krug and Morencie had two each.

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