An 8-1 run late fourth quarter pushes the Saunders Sabres over Parkside,
40-33, in the TVRA Central AAA junior girls' basketball final
Friday, November 8, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - When it came to down to the final two minutes of the fourth quarter the Saunders Sabres hit the clutch shots.
Tied at 32 with 1:45 remaining in the TVRA Central AAA junior girls' basketball final, the Sabres closed out the game on a 8-1 run, to take the banner with a 40-33 victory, at Fanshawe College.
"We need to improve on our shooting. In that quarter, we were shooting maybe 10 percent," Parkside coach Kenzie Dennis said. "In the last few minutes of the game if you shoot 20 shots and only get one, you have to get out and work harder at practice."
Both teams advance to WOSSAA, Wednesday, November 13th, at Stratford Secondary school, also known as Northwestern.
The Sabres led the majority of the game, twice by seven points, including the final score. First it was early third quarter, 21-14, before Parkside came back to square the affair at 26. The Stampeders led 30-26 mid fourth quarter.
"The girls played awesome," said Dennis. "There were lots of opportunities for us to take the lead and take control. We just couldn't seem to be able to take advantage when opportunities came. That's something we have to do when we're at WOSSAA."
More shot attempts outside of the paint may benefit the Stampeders. Dennis figures they were stopped close to 20 times under the hoop.
"They're (Sabres) tall. We get too far under the net and they're stuffing us. We need to take better outside shots," added Dennis. "They are deep like us on the bench. They go three or four deep on the bench and it doesn't affect their game."
Logan Snyder led Parkside with 10 points, while Lily Roberts-Neef had nine points and Akadia Ndur, eight.
Sidney Deleary had a game high 15 points for the Sabres. Keira Spencer put in nine points and Laura Reynolds, eight.
Saunders finished the regular season undefeated, with a 10-0 record in the TVRA Central Division. The Stampeders were second at 9-1, losing only to Saunders, 47-38.
Parkside and Saunders meet again in the WOSSAA semifinals, while the host school takes on London CCH.
Stratford Central Secondary students are attending Northwestern while their school is under renovations for the 2019-2020 year. This has created Stratford Secondary.