Waterdown's Lady Warriors finish 0-3 at OFSAA senior basketbal tourney

Community Dec 02, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Warriors senior girls basketball team finished with an 0-3 record at OFSAA.

The AAA girls tournament was held at three Toronto-area schools from Nov. 24-26.

In their first game, the Warriors faced the eventual silver medallists, St. Joseph College, falling 52-4. In the final, St. Joseph fell 57-49 to London’s A.B. Lucas Secondary School.

WDHS coach Jobina D’Aloisio said nerves may have played a role in Warriors’ play in the opening game.

“It was a big game against some really big, fast, strong kids,” she said. “I think the girls were just really anxious and nervous – that was probably our worst game of the tournament.”

In their second game, WDHS bounced back against fifth-ranked Newmarket High School, but dropped a 66-41 decision.

D’Aloisio said the Warriors played really well.

“We had them within 10 points with less than four minutes left in the game, but their best player hit back-to-back threes,” she said.

In their last game, the Warriors faced the eventual consolation champions Glebe Collegiate Institute, losing 56-47.

“We were close all game, just at the end they kind of pulled away,” said D’Aloisio.

Overall, the coach said, it was a really valuable experience for the team.

“I think it was a really good competitive experience,” she said, noting the Warriors entered the tournament seeded 12th and finished the tournament in 12th. “Playing with the top 185-190 kids in the province.”

The Warriors team, which claimed the city title earlier this year, featured six Grade 12 students – Kathleen Howcroft, Olivia Baker, Elise Euale, Emily Moffat, Rachel Benedetti and Beth Howlett. D’Aloisio said the veteran squad members played with grit and determination each game.

She noted Moffat played the final game of the OFSAA tournament with a broken finger.

D’Aloisio said moving forward, three of the team’s six Grade 12 students are graduating. However, she added, there are strong younger players on the team, as well.

“Overall, I think the outlook for the program is good and bright,” she said. “I think that girls’ basketball at Waterdown will continue to be strong for years to come.”

While this was Waterdown’s first trip to OFSAA in senior girls basketball, D’Alosio said she thinks there will be more to come.

“I’ve been (involved) in the basketball program at WDHS for 15 years and every year we’ve gotten better,” she explained. “It was nice to achieve our goal of going to OFSAA and I think now it’s probably time to set a bigger goal.

“Next time, let’s not just get there, let’s focus on trying to get a medal.”

Waterdown's Lady Warriors finish 0-3 at OFSAA senior basketbal tourney

Community Dec 02, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Warriors senior girls basketball team finished with an 0-3 record at OFSAA.

The AAA girls tournament was held at three Toronto-area schools from Nov. 24-26.

In their first game, the Warriors faced the eventual silver medallists, St. Joseph College, falling 52-4. In the final, St. Joseph fell 57-49 to London’s A.B. Lucas Secondary School.

WDHS coach Jobina D’Aloisio said nerves may have played a role in Warriors’ play in the opening game.

“It was a big game against some really big, fast, strong kids,” she said. “I think the girls were just really anxious and nervous – that was probably our worst game of the tournament.”

In their second game, WDHS bounced back against fifth-ranked Newmarket High School, but dropped a 66-41 decision.

D’Aloisio said the Warriors played really well.

“We had them within 10 points with less than four minutes left in the game, but their best player hit back-to-back threes,” she said.

In their last game, the Warriors faced the eventual consolation champions Glebe Collegiate Institute, losing 56-47.

“We were close all game, just at the end they kind of pulled away,” said D’Aloisio.

Overall, the coach said, it was a really valuable experience for the team.

“I think it was a really good competitive experience,” she said, noting the Warriors entered the tournament seeded 12th and finished the tournament in 12th. “Playing with the top 185-190 kids in the province.”

The Warriors team, which claimed the city title earlier this year, featured six Grade 12 students – Kathleen Howcroft, Olivia Baker, Elise Euale, Emily Moffat, Rachel Benedetti and Beth Howlett. D’Aloisio said the veteran squad members played with grit and determination each game.

She noted Moffat played the final game of the OFSAA tournament with a broken finger.

D’Aloisio said moving forward, three of the team’s six Grade 12 students are graduating. However, she added, there are strong younger players on the team, as well.

“Overall, I think the outlook for the program is good and bright,” she said. “I think that girls’ basketball at Waterdown will continue to be strong for years to come.”

While this was Waterdown’s first trip to OFSAA in senior girls basketball, D’Alosio said she thinks there will be more to come.

“I’ve been (involved) in the basketball program at WDHS for 15 years and every year we’ve gotten better,” she explained. “It was nice to achieve our goal of going to OFSAA and I think now it’s probably time to set a bigger goal.

“Next time, let’s not just get there, let’s focus on trying to get a medal.”

Waterdown's Lady Warriors finish 0-3 at OFSAA senior basketbal tourney

Community Dec 02, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Waterdown Warriors senior girls basketball team finished with an 0-3 record at OFSAA.

The AAA girls tournament was held at three Toronto-area schools from Nov. 24-26.

In their first game, the Warriors faced the eventual silver medallists, St. Joseph College, falling 52-4. In the final, St. Joseph fell 57-49 to London’s A.B. Lucas Secondary School.

WDHS coach Jobina D’Aloisio said nerves may have played a role in Warriors’ play in the opening game.

“It was a big game against some really big, fast, strong kids,” she said. “I think the girls were just really anxious and nervous – that was probably our worst game of the tournament.”

In their second game, WDHS bounced back against fifth-ranked Newmarket High School, but dropped a 66-41 decision.

D’Aloisio said the Warriors played really well.

“We had them within 10 points with less than four minutes left in the game, but their best player hit back-to-back threes,” she said.

In their last game, the Warriors faced the eventual consolation champions Glebe Collegiate Institute, losing 56-47.

“We were close all game, just at the end they kind of pulled away,” said D’Aloisio.

Overall, the coach said, it was a really valuable experience for the team.

“I think it was a really good competitive experience,” she said, noting the Warriors entered the tournament seeded 12th and finished the tournament in 12th. “Playing with the top 185-190 kids in the province.”

The Warriors team, which claimed the city title earlier this year, featured six Grade 12 students – Kathleen Howcroft, Olivia Baker, Elise Euale, Emily Moffat, Rachel Benedetti and Beth Howlett. D’Aloisio said the veteran squad members played with grit and determination each game.

She noted Moffat played the final game of the OFSAA tournament with a broken finger.

D’Aloisio said moving forward, three of the team’s six Grade 12 students are graduating. However, she added, there are strong younger players on the team, as well.

“Overall, I think the outlook for the program is good and bright,” she said. “I think that girls’ basketball at Waterdown will continue to be strong for years to come.”

While this was Waterdown’s first trip to OFSAA in senior girls basketball, D’Alosio said she thinks there will be more to come.

“I’ve been (involved) in the basketball program at WDHS for 15 years and every year we’ve gotten better,” she explained. “It was nice to achieve our goal of going to OFSAA and I think now it’s probably time to set a bigger goal.

“Next time, let’s not just get there, let’s focus on trying to get a medal.”