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Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Hannah Newman of the Guelph CYO Knights, left, swoops to the hoop during tournament action on Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes high school.

Shorthanded Knights strike gold at home

Eight players got the job done for the Guelph CYO Knights junior women’s basketball team at their home tournament on the weekend.

The locals, Ontario Basketball’s No. 1-ranked team, went undefeated on their way to winning gold on Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes high school.

The team played without Rebecca Morris, who was the MVP in District 10 senior girls basketball this past season for the Bishop Macdonell Celtics, and Charlotte Case, a District 10 all-star for the Our Lady of Lourdes Crusaders.

Both are injured. Case is out for the season while Morris is likely out for another week or two, said Knights coach Mark Trimble.

In the gold medal game of the tournament on Sunday, Guelph topped Toronto Lords (Gold) by a 59-51 score.

In the semifinals, the Knights topped Blessed Sacrament (DiSabatino) 58-55.

The locals went 3-0 in round robin play, beating Blessed Sacrament (Palamarchuk) 57-39, the Flamborough Fire 66-43 and Toronto Lords (Purple) 73-32.

Leading scorers for the Knights at the tournament were Jessica Morris, with 74 points, Sydney Wilson, 62, Monica Trimble, 48, Chelsey Gazzola, 45, Emma Cain,  35, Hannah Newman, 22, Erin Gerstenkorn, 21 and Nicole Cressman, 5.

Collectively, the team hit 27 three-pointers, made 70 per cent of their free throws, dished out 78 assists, grabbed 168 rebounds and had 38 steals.

The tournament win is their third this season and the squad’s record is currently 21-2.

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This coming weekend, the Guelph CYO boys midget team will be competing in their home tournament.

Their first game is Friday at 7 p.m. versus the Cambridge Centaurs at St. Peter school. Saturday, they face the K-W Vipers 2 team at 10 a.m., and the Mississauga Monarchs 2 squad at 4 p.m., both at Bishop Macdonell high school.

Championship day is Sunday at Bishop Mac. Semifinals are at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., the bronze medal game is at 1 p.m. and the game for gold is at 2:30 p.m.

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