Trailing throughout the TVRA 1A South-East senior girls basketball final
a fourth quarter awakening pushed Dorchester pass Glencoe, 22-20
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - It took three quarters for the Lord Dorchester Beavers to come alive, but the senior girls' basketball team did enough to extend their season.
Trailing in to the fourth quarter, the Beavers went on a 9-3 run, to pull out a 22-20 win over the Glencoe Gaels, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics single-A South-East final, at Lord Dorchester Secondary School.
The win advances the Beavers to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) single-A tournament, Wednesday, November 13th, at South Huron high school, in Exeter.
"We had an injury about a minute and half in, with Ruby and that kind of put us into a tailspin," Beavers' coach Jess Coulas said. "It took a while to figure out what to do with her out."
Ruby Sebinagana missed the first half, but returned in the second half to score five points. Entering the game, Dorchester was already without starting point guard Serena Beaudry due to a concussion.
"Without two of our starters a minute and half in, we sputtered. We played so poorly in the first half, that jolted us," Coulas said. "We out hustled them. I don't think we tried to out skill them. We just tried to out work them. We switched to a zone defence and that helped us out. They played a tough two-one-two, so there weren't a lot of rebounds."
Glencoe led 7-4 after one quarter and 8-6 at recess. The Gaels led 15-13 after three quarters.
Dorchester took their first lead, at 20-19, since opening the game with a basket, thanks to Alysha Ledgley sinking two shots from the free throw line. Leaha Johnston put the Beavers up by three at 22-19.
Glencoe had the opportunity to tie the game, after one of their players was fouled attempting a desperate three point shot in the dying seconds. The first attempt was good, but the second one missed.
Coulas credited Johnston for stepping up, in the final and semifinal.
"We called upon Leaha to take on the primary ball handling job and to shoulder a bigger portion of the scoring. Without her, we would not have been as successful," said Coulas. "I am very impressed with both her leadership and athleticism this season."
Jaime Worsfold led the Beavers with seven points.
Sharrina Robinson and Kyla Brown, each had five points for Glencoe.