Kodiaks cap stellar season with a CCAA National Championship

Kodiaks cap stellar season with a CCAA National Championship

Match 13: Lethbridge Kodiaks 81, Dawson Blues 57

The Lethbridge Kodiaks completed their perfect season by defeating the Dawson Blues for the CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship.

Accolades for the Southern Alberta team include an undefeated record, the ACAC Conference Championship, a CCAA Coach of the Year win for Brad Karren and CCAA Gold Medals.

Led by Sunder West, Logan Moncks and Player of the Game Amy Arbon, the Kodiaks stalled briefly in the opening moments but soon settled in to control the match. Lethbridge held Dawson to seven points in the first quarter and a dominating 32-16 margin by halftime.

West collected 22 points, including 12 from outside the three-point line and also paced all players with five steals. Moncks, an All-Canadian, added 15 points and Arbon, a defensive specialist, had 13.

The Silver Medalists were led by Player of the Game Eleanore Marciszewski, who applied consistent defensive pressure while also producing 18 points on offense. The Blues’ Tamara Farqhar and Sorelle Ineza managed 13 and 11, respectively.

Match 12: Humber Hawks 72, NAIT Ooks 48

Revenge was an element for the Humber Hawks as they prepared to meet the NAIT Ooks Saturday with the CCAA Bronze Medals on the line.

As reigning champions, they came to Edmonton as the top-seeded team with an unbeaten record but the Ooks served up a stunning 55-52 upset in the opening round of competition.

When the opportunity to repay came about, Humber was more than ready. Led by guard Ceejay Nofuente, repeat winner of CCAA Player of the Year honours, the Etobicoke, ON powerhouse turned on the jets for a 72-48 conquest.

Nofuente totaled 31 points, including five three-pointers and a perfect 8-for-8 sequence at the foul line. The only other Hawks in double figures offensively were Aleena Domingo, with 14 points, and Jill Semple, with 12, but plenty of others made key contributions.  Chioma Oriuwa paced her team with 10 boards, a major element in the rout, because the Ooks were outrebounded 52-33.

Playing their last game as student-athletes, five-year veterans Shea-Lynn Noyes and Torey Hill were the best of the Ooks. Noyes collected 15 points. Hill was thoroughly frustrated by Oriuwa and Amber Bedchard but sprung loose for 10 points and led both teams in rebounds with 11.

Match 11: MSVU Mystics 62, Holland Hurricanes 49

The MSVU Mystics ended the tournament with a victory Saturday, downing their ACAA rivals on the strength of consistent ball-control.

After trailing by one point at the end of the first quarter, the speedy Mystics made 17 steals and forced 24 turnovers to disrupt the Holland attack.

Maria Carroll was named Player of the Game largely for her streak of three consecutive three-pointers in the second period to break open what had been a close final game for each team. Carroll led the Mystics in points with 20 while Maddy Hiscock added 13.

For Holland, the offensive leaders were Ty’Keia Beals with 17 points and Tyleigha Nelson with 15. Nelson was named Player of the Game for the Hurricanes.

Match 10: NAIT Ooks 64, Douglas Royals 62

A last second basket by Jordan Enns allowed the NAIT Ooks to squeeze past the Douglas Royals and earn a berth in the CCAA Bronze Medal game against the Humber Hawks.

As the ball trickled into the hoop, one second remained on the clock. Remarkably, the Royals got off a shot in the remaining instant but it rattled harmlessly off the rim.

On the way to the stimulating late minutes, both teams endured harsh moments. NAIT hit on only two field goals – a 20 per cent rate – in the second quarter and a slow start by Douglas in the last half made room for the Ooks to overcome a seven-point deficit.

Then came the Royals’ rally. They trailed by 11 points with less than six minutes remaining and roared back into contention but did not hit a field goal in the final three minutes.

With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Sarah Jorgenson led Douglas in the late going, although Simran Bir – 16 points in a reserve role – was named the Royals’ Player of the Game. Rachel Beauchamp notched 10 points and added six rebounds.

Malesha Petterson came off the bench to collect 15 points as NAIT’s Player of the Game. Sydney Hulburt included a pair of timely three-pointers in her 18-point performance and Torey Hill, the game’s leading rebounder with 13, contributed a dozen points, all from close range.

Match 9: Humber Hawks 77, Nomades de Montmorency 64

The top-seeded Humber Hawks, shocked by a defeat in their opening game, downed Les Nomades de Montmorency 77-64 to sustain their hopes of a Bronze medal at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Only Ceejay Nofuente and Mica Campbell-Johnson reached double scoring figures for the winners in the one-sided contest. In addition to her 25 points – Campbell-Johnson had 10 – Nofuente led her team with eight rebounds and six steals. Player of the Game was Felicia Vasquez, who led the Hawks’ diligent defensive focus on second-seeded Montmorency’s All-Canadian, Mael Gillies. Also brilliant in limiting Gilles to 10 points was guard Amber Lopez, whose pressure forced Gilles into foul trouble for her third consecutive tournament game.

Montmorency Player of the Game, Juliette Gauthier, was the team's unquestioned leader with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Torres collected 14 points in the losing cause.

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