Get a ticket to Timmins, the Knights are going to OFSAA

Knights face Hillcrest at 4:45 p.m.
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By Josh Howald

Mission accomplished.

KDSS celebrates winning the BAA championship at home recently. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Kincardine District Secondary School senior girls basketball team is headed for Timmins.

The Knights earned a spot at the OFSAA provincial high school basketball championship tournament this week by winning a CWOSSA championship on Friday in Waterford.

"We're overjoyed," said centre Rainor Kuz.

"We worked hard to achieve our goals of winning BAAs and CWOSSA. Our hard work has paid off and we're excited to head up to Timmins for OFSAA."

It wasn't even close on Friday. Kincardine, which won the Bluewater Athletic Association championship last week, breezed through the competition in Waterford. The Knights faced Delhi District Secondary School in the first game and won 44-12. That moved KDSS into the CWOSSA championship game Friday evening against Pere Rene de Galinee (PRDG).

Kincardine was just too strong for the Cambridge school and handed PRDG a 55-15 beating in the CWOSSA final.

The win has to give the Knights some confidence heading to Timmins. KDSS has qualified for the senior girls basketball provincial tournament just once before. That was two seasons ago. Two players are left from that squad, Bethany Wilken and Cassidy Murray-Collins. While that team was just happy to be there, this year's squad will certainly be wanting more.

The Knights have gym time booked for practice in Timmins for this afternoon (Wednesday), and the tournament will begin tomorrow (Thursday). While the schedule has not yet been drawn up (it will depend on how the teams are seeded) Kincardine is one of 18 regional champions looking for a provincial championship. Other teams in Timmins include Trinity College, Carleton Place, the University of Toronto, Rideau College, Jean Vanier, Lester B. Pearson and Algonquin College, among others.

"We've been in the gym four to six times every week and we couldn't have come this far without coaches - Mike Dennis, Scott Mahood and Vincent Yenssen," said Kuz.

"Their hard work and dedication is what brought us home a title, we owe it all to them."

The actual provincial tournament begins tomorrow. All games will be available to watch, at no charge, via a live streaming video feed on the internet. To watch live, you can visit www.sportscanada.tv/ofsaa/2016-girls-a-bb.

Kincardine has been seeded #13, and will open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) against the #7 seed from Niicholson Catholic College

"We're all very thankful for the support from the town and hopingn for the best this week in Timmins," said Kuz.

Update:

KDSS was defeated 40-33 by Nicholson, and then 40-23 to the #4 seed, Lajeunesse. Kincardine was to play its first game on the consolation side of the OFSAA brackets this afternoon (Friday) at 4:45 p.m. against Hillcrest District High School.

You can watch the Knights live today from Timmins here:

http://sportscanada.tv/ofsaa/girls-a-bask-live-2