A 20-8 first quarter sent the East Elgin Eagles on their way to downing Woodstock
Huron Park, 57-37, in the TVRA AA South-East senior girls basketball final
Thursday, November 7, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
AYLMER, ON. - Sisters Alyssa and Kayla Voros have never been to Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) basketball together and neither have played there at the senior level.
That's about to change after the East Elgin Eagles defeated the Woodstock Huron Park Huskies, 57-37, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East AA senior girls' final, at East Elgin Secondary School.
"It feels awesome for all of the hard work we've put in. Morning practices four times a week. It's what we wanted," said Kayla Voros, who scored a game high 16 points. "I've never been (to WOSSAA) so I'm super pumped."
Alyssa went with the junior team during her Grade nine and 10 years but never with the seniors.
WOSSAA features two teams from TVRA Central, one team from London District and one team from Huron-Perth.
The Eagles jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter lead on a Huron Park team that upset previous undefeated Woodstock Collegiate in the semifinals.
Motivation entering the final on the Eagles' part, were memories of a season ending loss a year ago.
"It happened to us last year. Huron Park knocked us out in the semifinals," Alyssa Voros said. "We knew what it felt like for WCI. We knew Huron Park would come out with a stronger game plan than regular season."
Josslyn Henderson scored 14 points for the Eagles and was a team leader nabbing several rebounds.
"That's what contributed to the fast break, getting those boards. The same on offence, getting those boards and putting the ball back up for an easy two points," Kayla Voros said. "We're a tall team, so we have the length on them."
The Eagles led 32-14 at half. A 6-0 run to open the third quarter left the Huskies in the rear view mirror.
"We said we're not letting down, just keep on going at them," Alyssa Voros said. "Our fast break let us push the ball, got it up the court for easy baskets. That's what bumped our score up."
Julie Nagelhout chipped in with eight points and Selicia Wall had six.
"We have a super strong bench," Kayla Voros said. "If the bench is into it, the whole team is into it, so everyone is into the game. People on the bench are ready to go as soon as their name is called."
Adds Alyssa, "Working together and playing as a team. That's one of our things. Team over player."
Now the Eagles focus on WOSSAA and game against London Clarke Road. The winner advances to the final and a shot of an OFSAA berth. The other semifinal features London Mother Teresa and Stratford St. Mike's.
"That's our goal, to get a banner on the wall for 2019," said Kayla.
Current assistant coach Katie Knight was on the court playing, the last time East Elgin was at OFSAA in 2008.