Mountaineers find a “W” in basketball league play

The Mohawk women’s basketball team has finally broken into the win column.

After five straight losses to start their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season, the Mountaineers whipped the Redeemer Royals 73-38 at the Fennell Gymnasium on Thursday (Dec. 2).

Rachelle Abella (Hamilton) had 16 points and five rebounds to lead the winners over their Ancaster rivals. Tara Henschel (Mount Hope) scored 15 points and brought down seven rebounds while Morgan Taylor (Shallow Lake) also scored 15.

Kristy Aloe led Redeemer with 14 points and Kelly VanSlightenhorst added 11 for the Royals, who saw their record fall to 0-6.

The victory was also the first in OCAA league play for Mohawk’s new head coach, Kevin Duffy, who noted the team has won three of its last four games, after going 2-and-1 in a recent tournament at Durham College in Oshawa. He’s hoping his squad will now gain momentum.

Duffy said the Mountaineers took a while to get going in the game, which they led 35-25 at halftime. For the second 20 minutes they changed their defensive press and made adjustments to their offense as well.

“It’s hard to make changes on the go,” said Duffy. “but the girls adapted really well. They shot a lot better and their shot selection was a lot better, too. We had success against (Redeemer’s) zone in the second half after struggling early in the game.

“We still have to work on our consistency.”

Mohawk shot 39.5 percent from the floor.

The Mountaineers will try to continue their improved play when they visit Niagara Dec. 8 in their final game of the first semester.