Mohawk hopes to clip Hawks’ wings

mohawk_wbb_Hrymak_feturedThe Mohawk Mountaineers will take on the Humber Hawks and the St. Clair Saints will go against the Algonquin Thunder in the semi-finals of the 2014 belairdirect Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship at Mohawk College.

Mohawk defeated Durham Lords 64-50 while Algonquin Thunder whipped Fanshawe, 73-43 in opening games on Thursday (Feb. 27).

Five different Mountaineers made three-point shots in the first period of Mohawk’s quarter-final matchup with Durham for 15 of their 20 points in the opening session.

To start the second quarter, the Mountaineers implemented a full-court press and got in the way of Durham’s cross-court pass attempts to hold the Lords to just six points in the period. Mohawk also turned their good defence into offence, finding more ways to score than just behind the arc. Offensive rebounds and a good transition game helped the Mountaineers pull ahead 37-20 at the halftime break.

Durham started to press on defence to start the third quarter and slowly crept back into the game after a couple of forced turnovers. Mohawk adjusted, however, and was able to pass around the pressure to hang onto an eight-point third quarter lead.

Mohawk’s defence continued to stifle the Lords offence in the fourth quarter, getting their arms into the passing lanes, causing tipped passes and forcing turnovers.

Mohawk’s player of the game and leading scorer was Jen Abella with 16 points. Abella also added three assists. Jen’s sister, Rachelle, led the game with five assists. Kauri LaFontaine was named player of the game for Durham, scoring a team high 12 points.

St. Clair downed St. Lawrence Kingston, 64-61, in the opening game at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre on Thursday. St. Clair saw St. Lawrence rally from a 14-point deficit and get to within one point in the final minute, before pulling out the win. Jaide Lyons led the Saints with 23 points. Hailey Gourdier had 13 points for the Vikings.

Algonquin Thunder whipped Fanshawe, 73-43, as Sandre Bascoe scored 17 points. Ali Vlasman hooped 10 for the Falcons.

And Humber topped Sheridan, 67-55. Aleena Domingo scored 14 points and had 20 rebounds for the Hawks. Shylanda Saunders scored 22 for the Bruins.

Play resumes Friday afternoon as St. Lawrence meets Fanshawe at 1 p.m. while Durham takes on Sheridan at 3 p.m. Those four teams are still in the hunt for a bronze medal.

In the semi-finals, St. Clair plays Algonquin at 6:00 pm, followed at 8:00 pm by Mohawk and Humber.

The championship runs until Saturday evening.