Colt Classic
October 17, 2009


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St. Clair Colts

The St. Clair Colts Junior Girls Basketball team found themselves in unfamiliar territory as they not only hosted the Colt Classic, they won it on Oct.17th. As coach Kiri Kaija said, she can't remember the last time St. Clair won their own tournament.

It was a great field of teams as previously unbeaten Northern Vikings came in as the favourites only to be defeated in the semi-final by the St. Christopher Cyclones in an overtime thriller. St. Clair defeated St. Anne's from Tecumseh in the other semi final to set up a St. Clair/St. Chris final. Earlier in the week, St. Chris had handed the Colts a 20 point thrashing and the Colts were out looking to avenge the loss.

St, Clair jumped out to an early 14-5 lead as the Cyclones looked a little tired after the OT win over Northern. The lead was short lived as St. Chris stormed back and scored 16 straight points for a 21-14 lead before St. Clair could start to answer back and were only down by 1 at the half.
The second half was back and forth for the remainder of the game as the lead exchanged hands several times and in the 4th quarter it became a game of free throws. St. Christopher's went cold from the line and St. Clair got hot.

Ashley Bisson of the Colts made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch including 2 with 7 seconds left that gave St. Clair a 4 point lead. Sydney Stewart of the Cyclones had cut the lead to 3 with a free throw of her own but that was as close as St. Chris would get as St. Clair ran out the last 2 seconds and took the Championship with a very exciting 43-40 win.

In the final Bisson led the way for the Colts with 15 points, while speedy Alex Hodgins had 9 and Lexi Hanly had 8 as well as finding her touch from the outside. In the win over St. Anne's, Amanda Knowles and Hodgins led the way with 6 points each in the Colts 32-26 win and in first game action, a 50-30 win over Chatham-Kent, Bisson was high scorer with 8 and Hodgins chipped in with 6 pts.

The Colts were in Chatham for a tournament Oct 23 and 24th and were defeated Saturday afternoon in the finals by St. Basils. Tournament scores were not available. The Colts now prepare for 2 league games this week against St. Christopher and Northern.

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