Knights go winless in Timmins


By Josh Howald

All good things must come to an end.

And the season came to an end for the Kincardine District Secondary School girls basketball team on Friday in Timmins at the OFSAA provincial championship tournament.

The Knights went 0-3 at the Ontario high school hoops tourney against some top-notch competition.

The Bluewater Athletic Association and CWOSSA champions made the long trip to Timmins to open against the #7 seeded Nicholson Catholic College Thursday afternoon.

KDSS was seeded #13 in the 20-team tournament of champions. The Knights hung tough against Nicholson, and trailed by just one point at the half, but were outscored 19-12 in a wide-open fourth quarter and were defeated 40-33. Georgia Fields was Kincardine's top scorer in this game with eight points.

Friday morning, the Knights met the #4 seeds from E. J. Lajeunesse. Kincardine held a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but surrendered the lead with a dismal second quarter in which they were outscored 12-3. E.J. Lajuenesse didn't relinquish hold of this game again and cruised to a 17-point win over the Knights. The final score was 40-23. Bethany Wilken had 10 points for KDSS.

Now relegated to the consolation side of the bracket, the Knights played Hillcrest High School Friday afternoon. It was a win-or-go home situation, and though Kincardine did play some good basketball in this game, they couldn't keep pace with Hillcrest, the #12 seed of the tournament. Hillcrest took a three-point lead to the half, but the Knights outscored Hillcrest 8-2 in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game. However, Hillcrest regained control of this game in the final quarter and outscored KDSS 18-2. The final score was 43-30. Wilken was again Kincardine's top scorer. She had 17 points for the Knights in this one.

The tournament's top seed, Jean Vanier, lived up to the hype and won the provincial high school girls  basketball championship. Vanier defeated the host O'Gorman High School team in a close 51-45 championship game Saturday evening.