London Mother Teresa returns to OFSAA defeating the East Elgin Eagles, 43-24, in the
WOSSAA AA senior girls' basketball gold medal final, while in junior action the Eagles
fell in overtime to the Madill Mustangs for the bronze medal
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - In the end the East Elgin Eagles ran in to a more experienced and speedy team.
The Mother Teresa Spartans, out of London, downed the Eagles, 43-24, at the Western Ontario SSAA AA senior girls' basketball gold medal game, at South Collegiate.
"They been a good team for the past three years and have gone to OFSAA," Eagles' captain Alyssa Voros said. "They're used to this atmosphere at WOSSAA. I think they were just a little more ready than we were. We still played our best."
Leading 11-7 after one quarter, it was the second quarter when the Spartans went on a 17-8 run, to take control of the match.
"We didn't have it in our heads, with a few turnovers and missed passes," said Voros and the Spartans capitalized with their speed increasing their lead to 28-15 by half.
"We had the height on them and got down low and that's what worked best for us. Their guards skipped it out sometimes.
The Eagles held ground over the second half but couldn't create an offensive run of their own.
"Our goal was to get to WOSSSAA and we accomplished our goal by winning the TVRA South-East," Voros said. "A gold medal would have been awesome, but just to be here was better."
Voros knows her teammates will be a threat again next season.
"I'm the only one who is leaving," said Voros, also the lone player older than 16 years.
Julie Nagelhout, Joslynn Henderson and Selecia Wall, all in Grade 10, along with Jaimie Stahlbaum, only in Grade nine, were either starters, or played major minutes.
Alyssa will miss playing high school hoops with her younger sister, Kayla.
"We can yell at each other a bit more than I would yell at the other players," said Alyssa, with a laugh. "I love playing with her and will miss it for sure."
Emma Gentile scored a game high 14 points for the Spartans, Sam Cowan had 11 and Isabella Cotton chipped in with six.
Kayla Voros led the Eagles with eight points and Henderson had six.
Junior Eagles edged in OT
They battled back in the final minute but couldn't find the hoop in extra time.
The Wingham Madill Mustangs sunk the only basket in overtime to edge the East Elgin Eagles, 33-32, in the WOSSAA AA junior girls' bronze medal game.
"That was a scrappy game. We ran out of gas in the end," Eagles' coach Steve Voros said. "I give Madill all of the credit. They played us tough and out worked us throughout the game. They deserve the bronze medal."
Voros tipped his hat to Madill guard Raelyn Pennington and forward Paige Willie, saying the players were "fantastic."
East Elgin led 19-15 at half, but Madill came alive in the third quarter and gained a 27-25 advantage into the fourth. Madill looked to win the game in regulation time, leading 31-28 with 25 seconds remaining. But the Eagles hit a basket and Ella Cattrysse drained a foul shot.
"I couldn't be more proud of our girls. They gave it right to the end. We should have lost that game in regular time," said Voros.
East Elgin lost to London South, 48-34, in the semifinals.
"We led by two in the fourth quarter and then we just ran out of gas," said Voros. "We played our hearts out this morning. We played lights out. It was good basketball."
Although without a medal, the Eagles accomplished what they set out for two months ago.
"That was our goal, to get to WOSSAA," Voros said. "They're a great group of girls who worked as a team all year."
London Aquinas won the gold medal, defeating South, 48-26, in the championship match.