Dorchester wins junior gold and takes senior silver at WOSSAA A girls hoops
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - Their season ends with WOSSAA gold.
Annika Nolte and Sydney Champion led the offence as the Dorchester Beavers sunk the Goderich Vikings, 63-33, in the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) single-A junior girls' basketball final, at Goderich DCI.
Dorchester advanced to the final routing London Westminster, 45-14, in the semifinals.
Champion poured in 20 points while Natasha Pabstel had 12 points.
"Today was the culmination of two months of practice coming together at the right time," Dorchester coach Curt Pollard said. "They are a very athletic group and were dedicated to getting better. They grew a lot as basketball players over two months."
Entering the season, only one of the 11 players had played high school basketball.
The Beavers tipped off the season losing their opening game by over 30 points, scoring only 16.
In two games at WOSSAA, the Beavers combined to hit the century mark.
London Christian beat Westminster, 54-49, in the bronze medal game.
At South Huron District high school, in Exeter, the London Christian Pioneers advance to OFSAA, after winning the WOSSAA single-A senior girls' basketball title defeating the Beavers, 42-33, in the gold medal game.
The Beavers led by six points at half and held the advantage going into the fourth quarter.
"Ran into a bit of foul trouble, which proved difficult to overcome," Dorchester coach Jess Coulas said. "London Christian had to put full court pressure on in the fourth and we had difficulty remaining calm and their press sunk us."
Dorchester beat Parkhill North Middlesex, 36-29, in the semifinals.
"Very proud of the girls for their effort and determination. We gelled at the right time and played our best two games of the season," Coulas said. "While disappointed they weren't going to OFSAA, the silver medal will be reflected upon as a good accomplishment."
North Middlesex took home the senior bronze medal, downing the host school, 31-11.