Women cagers move on to OCAA semi-finals

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.

“I think our veteran presence really stepped up in the fourth,” said Kevin Duffy. “The team remained calm and executed our sets. We played better on defence too, keeping their defender in front of them.”

Despite what the vets brought, the coach said he’d be remiss if he didn’t mention the rookie Shay Doxtator, who had nine points and nine rebounds and was a real game changer.
The Humber Hawks trounced St. Clair 82-37 in their quarter-final and will move on to face the Mountaineers.
Humber has won their last three OCAA gold medal games, all against Mohawk. The difference this year is the two will be meeting in the semis instead of the final game. Tip-off is at 6 pm.


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