Mountaineers too much for Royals in women’s basketball

Redeemer Royals gave it the old college try in the early going but simply ran out of steam in losing 75-39 to Mohawk Mountaineers in Ontario College Athletic Association women’s basketball on Tuesday.

Mohawk grabbed a quick 10-0 before the Royals responded and narrowed the deficit to just two points. But when the first half ended, Mohawk was again in command with a 37-22 cushion.

Mohawk got offence from a number of players. Katie Goodburn (Chatham), Erinn Belot (Hamilton), and Melissa Zwolak (Hamilton) each had 14 points. Carrie Lawton (Hamilton) dropped in another 13 and Jenn Snider (Orangeville) added 12 more.

Julie Honig (Sarnia) scored 16 for the Royals.

The win gave Mohawk a 2-5 record while Redeemer remained winless after five starts.

Mohawk head coach Kelly Dunham said it was a great team effort and cited the play of newcomer Ali Bettger (Burlington). The guard is best known as a member of the Mohawk soccer team. While she had just four points Bettger contributed 16 minutes of playing time.

Dunham said playing Redeemer is always a challenge.
Redeemer is home to London’s Fanshawe College on Jan. 24 while Mohawk will host the Royals on Feb. 2.