Mohawk keeps Georgian hoops title

The Mohawk women’s basketball team successfully defended its Georgian Invitational basketball tournament championship in Barrie Saturday (Oct. 18) defeating Niagara Knights, 68-49, in the final.

The Mohawk women's basketball team celebrate their tournament championship.  (Photo: Mohawk College Athletics)

The Mohawk women’s basketball team celebrate their tournament championship. (Photo: Mohawk College Athletics)

Rookie Shanien O’Neill scored 16 points, Stef Hrymak had 15 and Rachelle Abella had 9 points and 4 assists.

“We were down 19-18 at the half,” said Mountaineers’ head coach Kevin Duffy. “In the second half we made much better decisions with the basketball. We only had four turnovers and started to get the balanced scoring that we are used to,” said Duffy.

“Niagara is a very tough team to defend as they execute their offense very well and they hit open shots. I was proud of our perseverance as our team rose to the challenge and pulled out our second championship in a row. We are really excited about this season and hope to get back and win that provincial gold medal.”

Earlier in the day, the Mountaineers downed the Lambton Lions, 83-52, to set up an evening championship tilt with Niagara.

Hrymak scored 20 points against the Lions. Katelyn Arbour had 13 points, while Porscha Hewitt and Jen Jen Abella added 12 each.

Stef Hrymak was named the tournament MVP, while Jen Jen Abella was named an All-Star.

“It was another great team effort,” said coach Duffy.

“We had five people in double digits which meant we distributed the ball really well. Defensively, we played well, but we must continue to improve on weak side rebounding and communicating in transition.”

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