Welland’s Gorges shines at hoops showcase

The Ontario University Athletics West all-star team took a close 72–68 victory over the East in the 2010-11 OUA Women’s Basketball All-Star Game held at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ontario Saturday evening in conjunction with the Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) Ontario Cup. This is the second year in a row the West team took the title.

Whitney Gorges from Brock Badgers and Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto) of the Ottawa Gee-Gees were named Ontario Basketball Association Players of the Game for the West and East, respectively.

Sunley-Paisley was the top scorer of the night with 21 points for the East shooting 50% inside the field, taking eight rebounds and two assists.

Gorges (Welland) went five-for-eight inside the paint tallying 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.

The West team got out to a dominating lead in the beginning minutes of the game taking a 10-4 lead before the East came back to bring it within one heading into the second quarter, and taking the lead at half.

Katie Goggins (Hamner) was the most dominant player on both sides of the court, proving why she was named East Defensive Player of the Year. The Laurentian standout grabbed 10 defensive rebounds, three steals and a block while adding 16 points for the East.

The battle for the win switched sides with each possession. In the final two minutes of the game the East had an opportunity to tie it up, but a turnover game possession back to the West, who were able to hold on to the four-point lead.

Both rosters consisted of 2010-11 OUA all-stars, major award winners and members of all-rookie teams.

The day began with the OBA Mega Hoops Mania clinic for children age 8-12. Followed by a skills competition where basketball fans of all ages could test their skills against the OUA all-stars.

The OUA All-Star Game was held in conjunction with the U17 Juvenile girls and U19 Junior women OBA Provincial Championships, with games taking place in the Waterloo region all weekend.