The u14’s agreed on one goal….to win the final game of the season regardless of where they placed… and that is exactly what they did.
Niagara Falls was the final stop in the Spirits u14’s girls season as they attended the Ontario Cup finals this past weekend. All of their effort, dedication, teamwork and growth were on display in four action packed and exciting games that saw their families and fans cheering them on every step of the way.
The team went 3-0 in pool play, including a highly anticipated game versus the Kingston Impact team on Saturday morning, who had beat them twice before during the season.
It was a defensive battle at halftime, with a low score of 11-9 for Impact.
The girls dug deep in the second half, handling the constant full court pressure and scoring an incredible 32 points, leading to a 41-30 victory and more importantly, a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday versus a very talented Flamborough Fire team.
Battling another full court defense, it did not look promising early on for the girls, trailing 22-13 at half.
Showing a never quit attitude and the incredible support coming from team-mates and families backing them up, the girls made one final push in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Flamborough 20 – 8 and hanging on to win the gold medal game with a score of 38-35.
Incredible effort from all involved and an experience that will be remembered for a long time.
Thanks to everyone involved in making it a great season!
– Coach McGrath
Scarlet Clarke #3
Madilyn Whiten #4
Alexa Drumm #5
Logan Potts #6
Sofia Edgett #10
Hadley Rozema #11
Whitney Milne #20
Paige McGrath #25
Rylee Baldini-Lazier #33
Tess Shakell #40
Julia Smith #42
Darrell McGrath, Head Coach
Justin Shakell & Darrell Edgett, Assistant Coaches
Sara Rozema, Manager
Water girls included Gracie Lazier, Harper Rozema, Abby Whiten, Ava Drumm, Charlotte Cross, with occasional support from water boy Hudson Rozema
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