Bantam Lions take EOBA division three title on home court
They were golden girls on the weekend at the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association division three championship in Cornwall.
The bantam girls Lions were champions for division three at the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association tournament they hosted. Next up are the provincials.
The host Cornwall Upper Canada Mortgage bantam girls Lions roared to four straight wins, including a 51-42 decision over Nepean in the championship game.
A fast start set the pace for Cornwall — the Lions led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter. It was 30-18 at halftime, and the hosts controlled the second half, with Mackenzie Woods ultimately leading all scorers with 15 points in the contest.
Zaria Noel had 12 points in the championship game, Annika Setterington collected 10 and Meera Anderson added nine.
The Perley Lewis-coached Lions were expecting a fairly significant challenge in the semifinal game against the Ottawa South Bedrock club that lost by just a point to Cornwall earlier in the season.
The rematch was tight at the start — Cornwall was ahead just 7-6 after a quarter — but the hosts pulled away to a 17-9 lead by halftime.
All of Cornwall’s points in the quarter came via the free throw, where the Lions were an impressive 10-for-13 from the line.
Noel had 10 points for the contest, and Setterington and Anderson each connected for nine.
The Lions had two easy wins earlier on in the event, including a 57-23 victory over Hawkesbury in their opening outing.
A balanced offensive attack and tenacious defence put the game out of reach early, with the Lions up 30-6 at halftime.
Noel and Anderson each had 12 points, with Setterington hitting for 10.
A win in a physical game against Kanata was close early on — tied 6-6 after a quarter — but Cornwall would charge to a 65-16 victory.
Free throw struggles early on haunted the Lions. Kanata committed 20 first-half fouls, but Cornwall couldn’t capitalize from the foul line, including going just 2-for-19 in the opening period.
But the Lions got on track in the second quarter going 9-for11, and taking a 27-10 lead to the locker room.
Cornwall had 11 players score in the game, including Setterington who led the way with 17.
Noel had 12 and Tsiakoseriio David netted 11.
Cornwall’s season isn’t done yet — the Lions travel to Brampton next weekend for the provincial championships.