CWOSSA title for junior girls

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By Josh Howald

The youngsters are CWOSSA champions.

The 2015 BAA and CWOSSA junior girls basketball champions. Back row, from left, Scott Mahood, Cailyn McKay, Jenna Dennis, Lily Freiburger, Callie Martyn, Hailey vandenHogen and Vince Yenssen. Front row, left, Eva Mallett, Madison Beishuizen, Julia McGregor and Avery Perrier. Missing from the photo is Slayde Millar, Laura Fohkens and Ariel Luinstra.

 

The Kincardine District Secondary School junior girls basketball team captured a CWOSSA title Saturday in Waterford with a victory over Woodland Christian High School. The Knights cruised past the Breslau school in the final, leading by 12 points at the half and left a mark on the CWOSSA tourney with a 45-23 win.

Coach Vince Yenssen wasn't surprised by the victory.

"I'd say the juniors achieved exactly what we expected of them," he said Monday.

"We have a strong group of Grade 10s that continued to take development strides and some key Grade 9 contributors that we are eager to work with and take the next step with over the next year."

Despite the championship, this is the end of the line for the Knights. There is no OFSAA provincial championship tournament at the junior level. The senior provincial tournament is set to open tomorrow (Thursday) in Windsor, hosted by E.J. Lejeunesse.

It's been a whirlwind week for the Knights. On Monday, Kincardine captured a Bluewater Athletic Association playoff title in Wiarton. KDSS hammered St. Mary's High School of Owen Sound 33-8 in a semi-final game Monday morning, and then sealed the deal with a 33-12 win over the OSCVI Falcons.

The Knights were already assured of a berth at the CWOSSA tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Waterford, but going in as BAA champions didn't hurt.

But once in Waterford, things didn't begin as planned. Kincardine was edged out by one point in the opening game. It was a heartbreaking loss to Woodland Christian High School, 21-20. KDSS bounced back in a big way though, putting a 49-15 pounding on Delhi District Secondary School. That win moved the Knights into a semi-final game. The semi-finals were a rematch against Delhi, and had a similar result. The Knights emerged with a 32-17 win to advance to the CWOSSA final, where they would get another shot at Woodland Christian.

The final wasn't settled by a single point, in fact, it wasn't even close as the Knights claimed a second title in less than a week.