Mountaineers take third in Kingston basketball tourney

Mohawk Mountaineers downed the Algoma Thunderbirds of Sault Ste. Marie, 52-36, to finish third in the St. Lawrence Vikings Women’s Basketball Tournament in Kingston on Sunday (Jan. 9).

Rachelle Abella (Hamilton) had 12 points, while Casey Boggs (Hamilton) and newcomer Shannon Laird, a product of Hamilton’s St. Thomas More high school, added 10 apiece for the Mountaineers who were 2-1 in the weekend event.

Duffy said his team’s effort was great.

“Algoma has a small roster and we took advantage of that by running at them,” said Duffy. “Algoma scored only 12 points in the second half.”

The coach said the result gives his players some confidence as Algoma is one of the teams Mohawk is chasing for a playoff spot in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association West Region.

On Saturday, the Mountaineers dropped a tough 61-59 decision to Nouvelles-Frontieres of Gatineau, Que.

Nouvelles led 32-31 at half time in a real see-saw battle. Coach Duffy said the Quebec opponent is a very physical team, but his players did not back down at all, something that was a problem earlier in the season, but has improved greatly recently.

Boggs (Hamilton) had a fine game with 21 points, while Morgan Taylor (Shallow Lake) scored 12.

The Mountaineers resume league play at Redeemer on Friday (Jan.14).