Area quartet named to national basketball team

Christina Buttenham (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Christina Buttenham (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Hamilton’s Christina Buttenham has made Canada’s 2014 Junior Women’s National Team.

Buttenham is a 5-9 guard who played for the Crusaders of St. Mary Catholic high school. She will also play for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes this year.

Also making the team from the Golden Horseshoe are Bridget Atkinson, a 5-5 guard from Welland; Nancy Kessler, 6-2 at the post, from St. Catharines; and McMaster University Marauders recruit Linnaea Harper, a 5-9 forward from Newmarket.

The Canadian juniors will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The competition runs Aug. 6-Aug. 10.

“The coaching staff is very excited with the team that has been selected, as they are extremely hardworking and they love to play the game,” said head coach Rich Chambers. “We feel in the training camp that we can make great improvements and get ourselves prepared for the FIBA Americas tournament.”

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