Mountaineers charge to Seneca basketball crown

The Mohawk Mountaineers fashioned a furious comeback to defeat the St. Clair Saints, 68-66, to capture the 2014 Seneca Sting Classic Women’s Basketball Tournament in North York on Saturday (Jan. 4).

Mohawk women's basketball team (Photo: Martin Bazyl/Seneca College)

Mohawk women’s basketball team celebrate their championship (Photo: Martin Bazyl/Seneca College)

Trailing by 16 points midway through the third quarter and by 11 points with just two minutes remaining, Mohawk went on a 13-0 run to pull out the victory in the final.

Star guard Rachelle Abella, the tournament MVP, scored 16 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Mountaineers. Katelyn Arbour had 10 points and Lacey Wolters added eight.

Abella and Carissa Browne shared Mohawk’s player-of-the-game award and Abella and Stef Hrymak were selected to the tourney All-Star Team.

Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy said he is really proud of his team.

“They never quit,” said Duffy. “They showed incredible resilience against one of the best teams in the province. These tournament victories are great for our confidence, but we need to start picking it up in league play to put ourselves in a better position in the standings.”

Mohawk advanced to the final by defeating the John Abbott Islanders of Montreal, 69-58, earlier in the day. The Saints advanced defeating Vanier.

Porscha Hewitt had 11 points for Mohawk. Abella and Hrymak had 9 each for the winners.

“We had a good balanced scoring attack,” Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy said of the semi-final game. “I was really happy with our posts. They scored and defended really well, we had control of the boards, which meant we had control of the ball too. We have a short turnaround then face a really tough St. Clair team”.