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TVRA South-East AA junior hoops final

 Early buzzer beater sparks Eagles


   Johannah Walker only had one basket but it was huge in East Elgin's 44-32

   win against WCI in the TVRA AA South-East junior girls' hoops final


  Thursday, November 7, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross 

AYLMER, ON. - It wasn't the winning basket. The shot didn't even come in the fourth quarter and it was Johannah Walker's only points of the game.

But Walker's delivery from three point land was instrumental in the East Elgin Eagles' 44-32 win over the Woodstock Collegiate Red Devils, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East AA junior girls' final, at East Elgin Secondary School.

Walker hit a buzzer beating basket at the end of the first quarter, giving the Eagles a 12-6 lead.

"We built off that momentum and energy after she got that shot and carried that through the rest of the game," Eagles' captain Ella Cattrysse said. "Everyone went crazy and was so happy, but our coaches said, it's only the first quarter."

By half the Eagles doubled their advantage, up 26-14.

"It was a heads up play. She (Walker) told me in warm-up she could hit a three and here she turns and shoots, hits the basket. We took that momentum in to the second quarter," Eagles' coach Darryl Black said. "We never pressed them before. We put a half court press, 1-3-1, and sped up the game and didn't let them get set. If they get their sets they're tough to beat. We rushed the game. Tempo was to our favour."

The teams split a pair of regular season meetings, both winning on the road.

Madalyn Obar scored a game high 18 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Cattrysse chipped in with nine points and Holly Van Gorp had six. The Eagles shot around 50 percent from the free throw line.

Natalie Shapton led the Huskies with 11 points, while Avalynn Tatham had eight.

"A great group of girls who love playing for each other," Black said. We're gritty defensively. We've been holding teams under 30 points."

The Eagles' defence will be tested at the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) tournament, with a semifinal against London South, on their home court, Wednesday, November 13th.

London Aquinas, who beat the St. Joseph's Rams, 39-22, in the District League final, takes on Wingham Madill, in the other WOSSAA semifinal.