The Mohawk Mountaineers medaled for the fifth consecutive year, winning the OCAA Women’s Basketball bronze medal with a hard-fought, 92-87 decision over the Niagara Knights at Humber College Sunday (March 4).
Mohawk found it difficult to shake Niagara, squandering a 12 point, third quarter lead, then surviving a determined Knights performance to the end.
It might be going a bit far in describing the fourth period as a knockdown, drag-out affair, but it was sure gritty. In fact, the whole game was that way. Both teams wanted the bronze.
“It was a tight game and I give Niagara a lot of credit for the game they played. They were as deserving as us for that medal,” said victorious Mohawk head coach Kevin Duffy.
“Our kids are true winners full of character, heart and determination,” he added. “I’m very fortunate to work with such tremendousstudent-athletes.”
Stef Hrymak, Mohawk’s all-time scoring leader, had a whale of a last game in a Mountaineer uniform, with 26 points, 14 of which were from the free-throw line. She was Mohawk’s Player of the Game. Shanien O’Neill, who made the Championship All-Star Team, had 16 points and five assists. Abby Heron scored 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hunter Johns had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers.
Niagara ace Mary Ingribelli had a game-high 33 points.
“(I am) proud and happy for all of our vets who leave with consecutive medals and incredibly proud and thankful to say I have coached the all-time leading scorer at Mohawk in Stef,” coach Duffy said.
Mohawk beat Seneca 71-57 in the quarterfinals, but then lost 91-65 to Humber, the championship hosts, who defeated Fanshawe 69-54 in the Gold Medal Match. It was the Hawks’ fourth straight title.
Al Craig, Sports Information Officer