Falcons slow to take flight, but leave Mountaineers grounded

The Fanshawe Falcons gave up the game’s first six points, before storming back for a 69-46 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s basketball at the Fennell Gymnasium on Tuesday (Jan. 19).

Mohawk had early leads of 6-0 and 11-6 before their opponents from London reeled off an incredible 26-0 run to take command of the game. Fanshawe led 40-20 at halftime. Mohawk improved in the second half with 26 points to Fanshawe’s 29, but the game was out of reach.

Alison Griffiths, who had 14 points in the first half for the Falcons (5-2), ended up the game’s high scorer with 19. Morgan Taylor had 18 to pace the Mountaineers. Tracy Lehane scored nine and Casey Boggs seven for Mohawk, which fell to 1-7.

It was an extremely disappointed Mountaineers’ head coach Kelly Dunham, who saw her team turn in a solid performance a week and a half ago in Kingston where they made a tournament final, before losing by seven points to Algoma University.

“That’s not the team that was in Kingston and that’s disheartening,” said the coach. “They totally caved (tonight). I know it’s disheartening to them, too. They have all the tools and skills but they have to bring it.”

Fanshawe out-rebounded Mohawk 32-24.

“We don’t box out, so how do we get the opportunity to get the rebound if we don’t have proper position and want it. You’ve got it in your heart or you don’t,” said Dunham.

But not all was lost at the gym.

The Mohawk Students’ Athletic Committee and the college’s Athletic Department have decided that all proceeds from varsity home games last night and today (Wednesday) will be donated to relief efforts in Haiti. The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) will match 200% of money collected to the cause.

The ‘HOPE FOR HAITI’ campaign has been initiated by the MSA, which will direct the funds to the Red Cross.

On Wednesday night, the Mountaineers host Humber in volleyball action, with the women on the floor at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.