Parkside wins South-East senior girls' basketball final, 44-39
Thursday, November 9, 2017
By Rob J. Ross
WOODSTOCK, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders appeared to be galloping away, but the East Elgin Eagles showed why they were reigning champions.
The Stampeders did on for a 44-39 win, to win the Thames Valley District Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East senior girls' basketball final, played at Huron Park secondary school.
Parkside advances to the WOSSAA AA tournament, November 16, in Woodstock.
Up 16-11, at half-time, the Stampeders outscored the Eagles, 19-9, over the third quarter, for a 35-20 lead. The Eagles closed the deficit to three points, making for an intense finish to the fourth quarter.
"The first half was a lot more controlled. We like to play a more controlled game and they like to run us a lot. There was a lot more running, run and gun sort of, in the second half," said Callista Tryon, who scored a game high 21 points for Parkside. "During a time-out, a couple of the girls were panicking, so our coaches were saying, keep it in control, we are the ones who are up."
The Stampeders held a 42-34 advantage entering the last minute in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles were not going away.
Alyssa Voros calmly drained three consecutive foul shots, bringing the Eagles to within five points, with 59 seconds remaining. Eagles' Donelan hit two more from the free throw line, leaving Parkside up, 42-39, 17 ticks left on the clock.
Tyron calmed the Stampeders' nerves, sinking two free throws, securing victory.
"I think we got a little bit too comfortable (in the third quarter), but we held through," Tyron said.
Parkside opened the first quarter with an 11-4 advantage.
Lauren Caraher dropped in nine points for the Stampeders, while Jaylin Wismer chipped in with six.
Voros led the Eagles, with 14 points, 10 arriving in the final frame. Maya Allen had eight points.
East Elgin won the South-East last season, defeating Parkside, in the final.
Parkside finished first in the South Division, with an 8-1 record, including defeating East Elgin twice. The lone loss was to the Central Elgin Titans, on September 26.
"We’re all friends which helps on the court, because we’re able to, not yell, but tell each other what to do and you respect that,” said Tyron.
Heading to WOSSAA, the Stampeders aim to return to the final and reverse the outcome from a year ago, when they lost to London Mother Teresa.
To win WOSSAA and earn a berth at OFSAA, Tryon feels Parkside needs to stick to their system.
"Play our game. The game we know how to play. At times we catch ourselves playing really run and gun, or really messy. We need to take a breath, re-start our offence and stay with our defence," Tyron said. "We can do it (run and gun), but it’s not what we practice."