By Darryl G. Smart
As soon as the powers that be gave a thumbs up for high school sports, Stephanie Romany and her North Park Collegiate Trojans teammates have been thinking about playing for a provincial basketball championship.
On Thursday, the Trojans punched that ticket to next week’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AA championships in Niagara Falls with a convincing 47-16 win over the Holy Trinity Titans at Simcoe Composite School.
“Getting the chance to go to CWOSSA was important, especially for the seniors and grade 13s that missed the season last year due to the pandemic,” Romany said. “We were given the chance to get that season back and had to get through some scrappy games. But in the end we were able to push through and bring home a championship for NPC.”
The Trojans began the day with a 56-13 win over Walkerton’s Sacred Heart Crusaders. And with a couple of hours rest, went to work and captured the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association AA girls basketball championship.
“The girls and I really came together and pushed each other this season,” Romany said. “I am really proud of how far we have come.”
Jordan Kingshott led the Trojans offensive attack with 18 points, with Molly Adams adding 12, and Romany netting nine. Kennedy Little scored six, with Asha Grewal and Jasdeep Gill pitching in with two each.
Joanna Smith led the Titans with eight points. Charli Thornewell added four, while Sophia Bomberry and Emma-Jay Broer netted two each.
For the Titans, the loss ends a fantastic run that saw them go 7-1 in the regular season and claim the AABHN title.
“This has been a fun year,” Smith said after winning the AABHN West Division. “We’re so glad to be back playing and this team has been great all season. We’ve really come together as a group.”
Earlier in the day against the Crusaders, Adams led the Trojans offence with 14 points, while Gill poured in 10, and Romany added nine. Little netted eight, Jaya Grewal scored six, while Myah Ciommo and Asha Grewal pitched in with two points each.
In the other semifinal, the Titans had their way with the St. Mary’s Mustangs, from Owen Sound 48-23.
The Titans defence was again on full display pitching a shutout until the Mustangs finally scored with two minutes to go in the second quarter.
Smith again led the Titans, this time with 23 points. Thornewell scored 10, Broer and Bomberry netted five, with Jennifer VanDeWiele and Jayden Smith adding two each.