By Darryl G. Smart
It may have been one of the more anti-climatic championship games, nonetheless, the Holy Trinity Titans claimed the first-ever Athletic Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk District 9 senior girls basketball title thanks to a 41-14 victory over the Hagersville Hurricanes.
“This is nice bragging rights,” coach Nick Flynn said. “Having this crossover game is new to everyone. The girls were excited about the Norfolk (West) final. That was the big one for them. It also clinched our spot at CWOSSA. This was a good game to get things going for Thursday.”
With the West Division – former Norfolk league – title in tote and the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association AA championships on Thursday, the Titans stifled their guests Monday, while converting down at the other end. The defence held the Hurricanes scoreless through one quarter, until Mueea Montour drained a foul shot with three minutes to go in the second quarter. Hayley Howarth hit the first basket of the game with a minute to go in the second.
Grace Robillard and Howarth led the Hurricanes with five points each, while Tara King netted three.
The Titans used a balanced attack to score 10 in the first quarter and 15 in the second en route to the victory. Joanna Smith led the scoring with 13 points, while Sophia Bomberry and Jayden Smith each scored six. Charli Thornewell and Abbey Benaway each added four points, with Jennifer VanDeWiele, Abi Thompson, and Emma-Jay Broer all pitching in with two points each.
“This was a great game to shake the rust off,” assistant coach Christian Miller said. “The girls haven’t been able to play in a week because of school, you could see that at the beginning. But they picked it up and really played well.”
The coaches said it was also an excellent opportunity to try some things they don’t usually get to do this time of year, especially in preparation for Thursday’s CWOSSA tournament.
“It was great to work on some things, especially our depth,” Flynn said. “This was a great opportunity for the girls that don’t usually get as much floor time to shine.”
The CWOSSA AA tournament is Thursday at Simcoe Composite School. Action begins at 11am, with the other semifinal at 12:30pm. The final is set for 5pm.
The Hurricanes are not done. With their 32-28 win over teh Delhi Raiders on Monday, the Hurricanes qualified for Thursday’s CWOSSA A tournament at Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford.
In senior boys volleyball action Monday, the Delhi Raiders punched their ticket to the CWOSSA A championships in Walkerton on Saturday, thanks to a 3-1 (25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-8) win over the Dunnville Panthers.