Mountaineers look ahead to next season

The Mohawk women’s basketball team will not advance to Ontario Colleges Athletic Association post-season play. Despite an early lead, the Mountaineers dropped a 78-50 decision to the Fanshawe Falcons in a must-win regular season finale at the Fennell Gymnasium on Tuesday (Feb. 17).

Mohawk came out like a house on fire, grabbing an 11-2 lead, but then really struggled and trailed 24-18 at half time. Coach Kelly Dunham felt her team took too many quick shots and Fanshawe added to their lead in the second spell. Mohawk, to its credit, would battle and whittle the deficit to 10 points but just couldn’t get back to single digits where they may have had a chance.

Tracy Lehane (Cambridge Southwood) and Morgan Taylor (Owen Sound West Hill) each had eight points for the Mountaineers. Katie Daniels (Saltfleet) added seven.

It was a disappointing finish for Mohawk, which appeared headed to the post season when they had a 4-5 record. But they would fail to win again and wound up 4-10. “That doesn’t show who we really are”, said Dunham. “We had some great games but we were not able to play many 40-minute games. We had a lot of mental breakdowns. It’s just focus. Varsity ball is one step up from high school and club and that’s the real deal.”

On the positive side the young Mountaineers should have a good returning contingent for 2009-10 as there are only three graduating players.

Meanwhile, the Mohawk men’s basketball team also dropped its final game, 78-57, to Fanshawe.

The Mountaineers finished with a 5-13 record in the West Region and did not make the playoffs.

Alen Beader (Glendale) led Mohawk with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Greg Boccaccio (Delta) scored 12 points.

After trailing by 43-23 at the half, Mountaineers’ coach Brian Jonker was pleased with his team’s effort in the second half playing the Falcons basically even.

“It was good. I think we had it down to 13 at one point. I thought we might make a run.”

Overall it was a disappointing campaign for the coach who said he’d never had a losing season. He said there would be a significant turnover of playing personnel for 2009-10. He expects no more than half of the squad to be returning. Jonker said with good recruiting they’ll start fresh next season and move forward.