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Colts victory keeps them in first in senior girls basketball
andrew brethauer October 25th, 2011

Sarnia, ON The St. Clair Colts improved to 7-1 on the season, as the senior girls basketball team defeated St. Patrick's 41-31 Tuesday at St. Clair.

Despite having the top scoring offence in the senior girls division, the Colts came out with only seven points in the first quarter, while the Irish were able to keep it close, with Sydney Plligrini hitting a three pointed at the buzzer to tie the game at 7-7 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Colts would come out shooting, as St. Clair increased their lead to 23-14, highlighted by three 3-pointers from Lexie Hanly, Jessica Drury and Madisyn Campbell. Hanley and Drury would each end up with five points in the quarter, while Campbell would add a free throw for three points. St. Clair would go on a 7-0 run in the middle of the quarter, allowing the Irish to only score seven points, including three free throw points from Emily Peckman.

In the second half, St. Clair's offence would come to a halt, as the Irish began to close the gap and make a comeback early in the third quarter. Peckman would add four points early on, while Karli Kilmer and Corry Lester each added two points, as the Irish come within two points of the Colts, 23-21.

But St. Clair's shooters would come alive again, as the Colts would score their first point of the quarter over four minutes in. Karlie Adair would hit a jumper, followed by two free throw points and Samantha Kaldeway would put in a basket down low to put St. Clair back in front 29-21.

St. Pat's would add four points to try and cut back into the lead and put up a final buzzer beater again for two points, but would still trail heading into the fourth quarter 31-27, erasing a once nine point lead by St. Clair.

In the fourth quarter, free throws were the majority of the scoring, as each team would head to the line multiple times. Kaldeway would have four free throws made, while Drury would add four points of her own. Lester would add a three pointer for the Irish to help close the gap, but with St. Clair going to line, the lead would be pushed to ten. The Colts would run out the clock, and earn their seventh win 41-31.

St. Clair sits in first place, but has a tough road ahead going into the playoffs. The Colts will play Northern on Thursday, followed by St. Chris, the only team to beat them this year, on Tuesday.

St. Pat's will finish their year with Northern on Tuesday and St. Chris on Thursday.


 

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