Chiarot leaves Marauders with stars in her eyes

McMaster's Taylor Chiarot

McMaster’s Taylor Chiarot has graduated.

Last season in Ontario University Athletics women’s West Division basketball, the Hamilton native made the Second Team All-Star squad. Her efforts at both ends of the floor this season earned her a spot as a First Team All-Star.

Chiarot tallied 364 points and finished fifth with an average of 16.55 points per game in the OUA campaign. Those points helped her crack the OUA records list and she finishes thirteenth in all-time scoring with 1,289 points. The fifth-year senior also grabbed 126 defensive rebounds and posted 22 blocks and made her mark at McMaster, becoming the women’s basketball all-time high scorer.

Chiarot wasn’t the only local product to get special recognition. While they were not teammates, Lakehead’s Lindsay Druery of Smithville receives the Joy Bellinger Award, presented annually to a female student-athlete in recognition of outstanding service to the sport and to the advancement of university athletics.

The Thunderwolves’ captain has excelled both in the classroom, where she maintains her honours distinction in kinesiology, and on the court. Druery finishes her career sixth all-time in OUA rebounds with 828. The fifth-year veteran stays active in the Thunder Bay community as well, volunteering with the Children’s Aid Society as a recreation buddy, with the Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club, and also gives back to the local basketball community, helping the Thunder Bay Wolves basketball club.

Druery was also named a Second-Team All-Star.

Jenny Vaughan of Dundas finds herself a First Team All-Star. The third-year guard for the Western Mustangs finished eighth in league scoring and also got her teammates involved, totaling 83 assists to finish fifth with 3.77 assists per game.

Last year she was a member of the Second Team All-Stars.

Brock’s Nicole Rosenkranz of Niagara Falls played her way onto the First-Team All-Stars. The third-year forward finished eighth with 177 total rebounds and second with 28 blocks. Rosenkranz also dropped 285 points to help lead the Badgers to 15 wins, the most in five seasons, and a second place finish in the west.

On the All-Rookie team are Brock’s Kayla Santilli of Brantford, and Waterloo’s Marti Killeen of Oakville. Santilli finished her first campaign with 173 points and played significant minutes for the second place Badgers. The Warriors’ Killeen compiled 170 points to finish second on her team.

The OUA major award winners included:

Player of the Year: Jessica Clemencon, Windsor
Rookie of the Year: Shelby Kurt, Laurier
Defensive Player of the Year: Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor
Tracy McLeod Award: Laura Mullins, Windsor
Coach of the Year: Chantal Vallee, Windsor.

First-Team All-Stars: Jessica Clemencon, Windsor; Miah Marie-Langlois, Windsor; Chiarot, Rosenkranz; Jenny Vaughan, Western.

Second-Team All-Stars: Felicia Mazerolle, Laurier; Druery; Bojana Kovacevic, Windsor; Jasmine Douglas, Guelph; Laura Dally, Western.

All-Rookie Team: Shelby Kurt, Laurier; Santilli, Killeen; Annabel Hancock, Western; Kate MacTavish, Guelph.