Saints sink Royals in overtime

royalsThe Redeemer Royals women’s basketball team took center stage on Saturday (Jan. 18) in an afternoon match up against the 8-3 Saints from St. Clair College. The 4-8 Royals were looking for back-to-back wins after a convincing victory over the Lambton Lions on Friday night. In a game that saw Redeemer force overtime in the dying seconds of the final quarter, the Saints walked away with their ninth win of the season in a 81-70 defeat of the Royals in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play.

Redeemer gave the top ranked Saints all they could handle as the Royals displayed a balanced attack despite dealing with foul trouble throughout the game. Down 68-63 in the final minute, Lindsay Moffatt put up her first points of the quarter when she hit a three-pointer to bring the game within two points. Then, with just 11 seconds to go, she hit a jump shot with to tie the game and force overtime.

A few mistakes by the Royals and some solid outside shooting from St. Clair gave the Saints an early lead in the five-minute overtime as they outscored Redeemer 12-2 to take the match.

Jesseca Brown (Grand Manan, NB) and Samantha Donald (Hamilton) each contributed 14 points for Redeemer and Lindsay Moffatt (Hamilton) added 10. Brown also added 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

Jaide Lyons had a game-high 22 points for the Saints.

In Friday night’s game against the Lions, Moffatt led the Royals with 28 points in an 80-67 win over Lambton. Jesseca Brown added 17 while Arica Price (Fort McMurray, AB) had 13.

Next weekend the Royals travel to Sudbury in a back-to-back match up against Cambrian College on Friday and Saturday.