Mohawk Player of the Game, Shanien O’Neill, scored 16 points to lead the Mohawk Mountaineers to a 71-57 quarterfinal victory over the Seneca Sting as the OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship opened Friday (March 2) at Humber College.
O’Neill also recorded three assists and three steals.
Hunter Johns and Abby Heron each collected 14 points and Stef Hrymak had 11 points, five assists and two steals. Hrymak, one of the smaller players in the league, was also credited with 14 rebounds.
Taylor Allicock scored 15 points and Shenice Stubbs had 12 points and 15 rebounds for Seneca.
The Mountaineers, the third-seeded team in the West Division, had trouble shaking the Sting, leading only 27-25 at halftime over the second seed in the East.
It appeared Mohawk finally got it’s act together, opening a 14-point lead with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter, but Seneca stormed back. They trailed only 45-41 after three quarters and they kept coming, tying the score 46-46 early in the final period.
The teams continued to battle it out, but very late in the contest the Sting appeared to run out of steam. Mohawk got its lead back to double digits and this time, Seneca had no answer.
The head coach of the Mohawk women’s basketball team credits the squad’s vets for their role at crunch time in their 71-57 victory.