Knights clinch first, advance to BAA Final Four

Juniors and Seniors eliminate SDSS
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Sports

By Josh Howald

Both the junior and senior Knights are off to the Bluewater Athletic Association’s Final Four championship tournament.

Jenna Dennis, left, of the KDSS junior girls basketball team looks for an open player while being pressured by J. Fey of the Sacred Heart High School Crusaders last week in BAA regular season action at the high school. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Both teams punched their tickets to semi-final contests that will be played Monday in Wiarton. The BAA finals will also be held later the same day at Peninsula Shores District High School.

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team finished the regular season with an undefeated record, and didn’t let up on Monday afternoon in a ¼ final match-up against the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals. Georgia Fields had 20 points to help KDSS to a convincing 50-10 win over the Royals and become the first team to clinch a spot in the semi-finals.

Sacred Heart then earned a berth at Monday’s Final Four event by winning a 16-12 defensive battle in Hanover. That eliminated John Diefenbaker Secondary School from postseason action. The Knights and Crusaders will face the winners of the BAA North ¼ final games, which are to be played tomorrow (Thursday). St. Mary’s High School of Owen Sound will take on the OSCVI Falcons in one game, while the other will feature the PSDS Phoenix and the Grey Highland Secondary School Lions of Flesherton.

The juniors also put an end to the season for the SDSS junior girls. Every player on the roster contributed points in a 48-25 pasting of the Royals. JDSS knocked off Sacred Heart in the other South Division playoff game. The junior Knights and Crusaders will face winners of tomorrow’s North Division elimination games. One will feature the West Hill Secondary School Raiders and the SMHS Mustangs while the other will see PSDS take on OSCVI.

The junior Final Four tournament will also take place Monday in Wiarton. The junior girls will be up first, playing at 11:30 a.m. The seniors will take the floor in semi-final action at 2:30 p.m.

The senior Knights finished off the regular season with two more lopsided wins to finish with a 10-0 record. Last Monday in Walkerton, the senior girls hammered Walkerton District Central School 58-17. Rainor Kuz had a team high 16 points for the Knights. Marley Martyn added 15 points. Wednesday, KDSS dumped SDSS 43-15. Cassidy Murray-Collins scored 12 points for Kincardine in the win.

The junior girls had already seen a chance at an undefeated season disappear two weeks ago in Hanover against the JDSS Trojans. But the Knights bounced back in a big way and hammered the Riverhawks 52-6 last Monday. That game clinched first place overall. For good measure, the Knights smoked Sacred Heart 55-23 on Wednesday. Madison Beishuizen had 10 first half points for Kincardine, while Ariel Luinstra had eight points in the first half.

VOLLEYBALL

The KDSS senior boys volleyball team remained in third place overall in the BAA North Division, despite dropping a 2-1 match Thursday to WDCS. That game was played at Chesley District High School and leaves the Knights with a 3-5 record.

The SDSS Royals are still perfect at 8-0 and lead the North Division with 16 points.

Meanwhile, in junior boys basketball action, KDSS split matches last week which left them in fourth place overall in the BAA North Division at 2-6. The Kincardine juniors defeated the still-winless Chesley Cougars 2-1. A narrow 2-1 loss two days later to the Riverhawks left KDSS on the cusp of a playoff position.

CROSS-COUNTRY

The BAA had two top-20 finishes at the provincial cross-country championships held at Highland Nordic in Duntroon last week.

Ethan Krusselbrink of the St. Mary's Mustangs was 10th, while Mathew Donnelly of Sacred Heart High School wasn’t far behind in 15th.