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By MEAGHAN MITCHELL
Knights’ strong play in the first half against consistently strong second-place St. Clair Saints is boosting the locals’ confidence as they face their remaining three season games.
The Niagara Knights women’s basketball team hosted the St. Clair Saints in a 1 p.m. game at the Welland campus Athletic Centre on the weekend. The visitors took the win 71-49.
Knights guard, No. 5, Alyssa McCabe, of Niagara Falls, said, “I believe our team came out strong, and played well at the beginning.”
That was evidenced as the team ended the game’s first half up 28-27.
The Knights’ top scorer was guard, No. 8, Mary Ingribelli, of St. Catharines, with 17 points and eight defensive rebounds.
Forward, No. 12, Miranda Ross, of St. Catharines, had 13 points.
Guard, No. 1, Anna Jaworowicz, of Midland, and forward, No. 13, Kaitlyn McPherson, of Welland, each added six points to the scoreboard.
Knights head coach, Mike Beccaria said he is very proud of the team’s effort.“We battled a very good St. Clair team.”
The Saints picked up the pace in the third quarter and got ahead 51-38.
Their top scorer was No. 14, guard, Shannon Kennedy, of Windsor, who added 29 points and seven defensive rebounds.
Guard, No. 11, Meighen Boyd, of Tecumseh, and forward, No. 21, Kendyl Rizea, of Windsor, both scored 10 points each.
Saints assistant coach Roger Mousseau said the women are starting to think about the playoffs.
“We have three games left. We can’t have half a poor game and half a good game, we have to play it all.”
Mousseau attributes the team’s improving success to the talent of the women playing and their new head coach, Andy Kiss.
The Saints are now 11-4, tied for second in the division with Mohawk College, of Hamilton.
This game puts the Knights’ record at 9-6, sixth in the West division of the Ontario College Athletic Association.
“We have two important games coming up this weekend and if we win it can be used as a confidence booster for our final game before playoffs,” McCabe said.
The Knights play at Cambrian College, of Sudbury, this weekend. Their final game before playoffs is here at 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day against Humber College of Toronto.