For first time in two years, no Orillia teams hoisted girls basketball trophy this weekend
Submitted The Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks defeated Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School of Newmarket 45-20 Saturday to capture the A Flight consolation championship at the 23rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic. Sixteen teams, including three from Orillia’s high schools, competed in the senior division, while eight teams, including two from Orillia, vied for court supremacy in the junior girls draw.
The Frontenac Secondary School Falcons (Kingston) rallied from a 23-point halftime deficit to stun the Lo-Ellen Knights (Sudbury) 51-50 to win the coveted Orillia Blackball Classic senior girls basketball title Saturday night.
Orillia teams were shut out of the championship games for the first time in three years, but local hoops teams acquitted themselves well at the 23rd annual tournament that was contested at all three local high schools Friday and Saturday. Sixteen teams competed in the senior girls division, while eight teams vied for the junior girls title.
While Frontenac rolled to the senior girls title, the Orillia Secondary School (OSS) entry also shone, capturing the consolation A Flight title. The Nighthawks opened their home tourney Friday morning with a 41-15 romp over St. Mary's College of Sault Ste. Marie; the hosts dominated every facet of the game.
However, it was a different story in the team's second game, as it lost 52-28 to Lo-Ellen Park Friday evening. But Saturday morning, the Nighthawks got back in the win column with a nail-biting 27-25 overtime win over Barrie's Innisdale Secondary School. That catapulted OSS into the A Flight consolation championship against Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School of Newmarket. The 'Hawks came out flying, hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter en route to a building an insurmountable 22-3 lead. OSS was near perfect in recording a 45-20 decision.
The OSS junior girls, reigning Blackball champs, were unable to defend their title but had another strong showing. The Nighthawks opened the tourney with a 38-10 win against St. Mary's of Sault Ste. Marie in a game that featured outstanding team defence. Brianna Taylor led the OSS attack with 13 points, while Isabela Fleguel and Hennessy Langner both hit two three-pointers for the victors.
In their next game, the Nighthawks dominated St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic Secondary School (LaSalle) 64-13. Taylor had 18 points to spark the win as OSS used the fast break combination of Fleguel passing to the speedy Lilja Toland for 14 points as part of a potent transition offence.
With a chance to return to the championship game for the second straight year, the Nighthawks started strong but fell 48-36 to Sacred Heart (Newmarket). The visitors caused many turnovers and won the battle of the boards to come from behind to earn the win.
That set up an all-Orillia contest for bronze as OSS met cross-town rival Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School. Fogarty had defeated Villanova 43-22 and St. Mary's College 43-37 and also sported a 2-1 record heading into the contest against OSS. The Nighthawks used well-balanced scoring to earn a 48-36 victory to capture local bragging rights. Emma Thomson and Taylor each had 10 points for OSS, while Taylor Coon was tough on the glass.