MAPLE RIDGE – North Dundas District High School coach Jevon Groves reported his Junior Devils played an exciting semi-final game against the La Citadelle Patriotes only to be defeated by a single point, 30-29.
Last Wednesday’s (Nov. 8) heartbreaking loss came in overtime in the semi-final round of the SD&G “A” girls high school basketball playoffs, played at Tagwi High School.
The Devils finished their regular season in third place and completed their schedule knocking off the St. Lawrence Saints 47-21 (Nov. 6) and the Glengarry Gaels 56-19 (Nov. 3) finishing with a 5-3-0 record.
Delaney Johnston (16), Britney Barkley (14), Anna Gonzalez (10), Alayna Gaudette (6), Olga Gonzalez (4), Kayla Sherrer (2), Amanda Shay (2) and Alison Roach (2) pumped in the points against the Gaels’ defence.
Anna Gonzalez (10 – including a trey), Johnston (9), Gaudette (8), Barkley (6), Olga Gonzalez (4) and Shay (2) produced the Devils’ offence in the win over St. Lawrence.
“The girls put forth an excellent effort, forced the game into overtime, but unfortunately they lost by one point,” remarked coach Groves following the 30-29 loss to La Citadelle.
Delaney Johnston paced the Devils’ attack draining a game-high 16 points.
North Dundas led 8-2 after the opening quarter, 20-14 at the half and 24-21 going into the final eight minutes.
Anna Gonzalez put seven points through the string while Barkley, Gaudette and Roach each dunked a deuce.
Coach Groves noted that missed baskets under the net and lack of free throw ability were key factors in the result. The Devils only hit three of 14 shots from the foul line.
“But, the last time we played them [Patriotes] we lost by 13 points, so the girls did show a lot of improvement,” he said.
North Dundas’ Senior Devils, coached by Ryan Wilkes, turned in a strong effort in their final regular season game drubbing the host St. Lawrence Saints 47-17 (Mon., Nov. 6), which left them with a 3-5 record and a fifth-place finish.
Shaina Vandemheen paced the offence producing a game-high 12 points. Jessica Barkley poured in nine with Sam Benoit (6), Chloe Ziegler (6), Abbie Scheepers (5), and Desiray Clemen (4) all contributing to the victory.
Barkley keyed a 33-30 decision against the host L’ Heritage Dragons on Fri., Nov. 3 straining a game-high 18 points through the onion bag. Benoit (6), Clemen (3), Ziegler (2), Scheepers (2), and Payton Halpenny (2) rounded out the Devils’ point production.
Coach Wilkes congratulated the team on the fifth-place finish and making a major improvement over the previous season.