Kait McDonnel fires a bounce pass through the legs of a GDCI defender Friday night in the opening game of the KDSS Senior Girls basketball tournament. The Knights went 3-1, winning the bronze medal game Saturday evening. (Josh Howald photo)
The Kincardine District Secondary School girls basketball team played host the annual senior basketball tournament over the weekend, winning a pair of games and finishing in third place in the eight team event.
Last year’s defending champions from Our Lady of Lourdes did not return to play at this year’s tournament, which kicks off the senior girls basketball preseason schedule.
This year’s tournament featured teams from Walkerton District Secondary School, Elmira District High School, Wellington Heights, Sacred Heart of Walkerton, Georgian Bay and Goderich District Collegiate Institute.
KDSS opened the tournament Friday afternoon against GDCI. Kincardine had little trouble with Goderich, jumping out to a large first half lead, but went 1-1 in Saturday action. That record left them playing for third place Saturday evening.
Kincardine beat SHHS in that contest.
“We should have a real strong team this season,” said KDSS coach Vince Jennssen before his team took the court in the tournament’s opening game.
“OSCVI (Owen Sound) will have a good team again this season,” he added. “We’ll have to get by them if we want to win a BAA (championship).”
Most of his players are returning from last year’s team, and he is expecting significant contributions from several of his first year players as well.
It leaves Diane Pennington’s junior club with a young line-up, almost entirely consisting of Grade 9 students. The juniors begin the exhibition season this week. Other high school sports are just getting underway.