Nurse paces Hamilton Catholics to Spectator Classic title


Hamilton Catholic has regained the championship at the Hamilton Spectator Classic.

The Catholic squad defeated Halton, 85-73, on Wednesday (Dec. 4) at the St. Thomas More gym to take top honours at the 17th annual girls’ high school all-star basketball showcase event. Halton was the overall winner in 2012.

All-star MVP winner Kia Nurse (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

All-star MVP winner Kia Nurse (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

In the consolation final of the two-day, four-team regional competition, Hamilton Public topped Brant County, 79-35.

Kia Nurse, a guard for the St. Thomas More Knights, led Hamilton Catholic with 24 points in the final. The University of Connecticut-bound star was named the Julie Vesprini Memorial MVP winner.

Sam Pocrnic of Oakville’s Loyola Hawks replied with 20 points for Halton.

Hamilton Public was paced in its victory by the 13 points of Saltfleet District’s Naomi Ashley. Brianna Bovota of the St. John’s College Green Eagles answered with eight points for Brant County.

Hamilton Public took the consolation final in the four team affair. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Hamilton Public took the consolation final in the four team affair. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson/Aerial Promotions)

Hamilton Catholic began play on Monday with a 60-39 victory over Hamilton Public. The other game saw Halton trounce Brant County, 72-44.

The three-point shooting champion was Amira Giannattasio of the St. Mary Crusaders (13).

Other players on the roster for Hamilton Catholic were: Erin Burns, Abbey Clark and Hailey Brown, St. Thomas More; Cierra and Alyssa Torosantucci, St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves; Hilary Hanaka and Christina Buttenham, St. Mary Crusaders; Haley Bowie and Lisa Stallwood, Bishop Tonnos Titans; Brittany Roberto, Bishop Ryan Celtics; Monika Batinic and Alyssa Cerino, Cardinal Newman Cardinals.