Fellowes repeats as basketball champions
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Fellowes High School won the UOVHSAA Tier 2 girls basketball championship. Here is the winning team (front left to right) Nina Harle, Nya Nicholson, Makayla Schison, Sarah Elfitori, Ryan Clouthier, Emily Yang, (back left to right) assistant coach Tracy Gilchrist, Kylie Maika, Erin Jenner, Justice Acorn, Carly Corrigan, Emma Peever, Payton Gilchrist, Cassidy McEvoy and coach Bruce Harle.
Fellowes High School finished the fall sports season successfully defendingf their Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association (UOVHSAA) Tier 2 Girls Basketball championship.
The Falcons emerged from the final defeating Jeanne-Lajoie 28-14 to win the title for the second successive year. While the Chevaliers had a chance to regain ground at half time, the Falcons held their opponents pointless in the second half playing a dominant defensive game.
Emily Yang was the most productive player for Fellowes with eights points, while Carly Corrigan put up six points. Hannah Dubeau and Faith Brennan sank a three-point field goal each for Jeanne-Lajoie.
“We played as a team, hustled really hard and we wanted this win badly,” said captain Nina Harle, who contributed four points including two free throws.
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead and maintained it. Entering the fourth quarter, Fellowes was up 20-14. However, Erin Jenner sank a basket before Emma Peever went to the free throw line and sank one shot to pad their lead.
Peever then grabbed a rebound from Payton Gilchrist, who recorded two points, for another two points before Jenner sank one more basket. Dubeau kept up a last-minute flurry of offence from Jeanne-Lajoie narrowly missing a field goal that could have given her squad a lift. Harle then sank a free throw to end the game.
“It means to much to win this,” said Jenner, who was on the 2016 team. “It was a matter of us working strongly as a team with our passes and on defense. We've had our off games but we've bounced back.”
Madison Pilon scored three points for the Chevaliers. Scoring a basket each for Jeanne-Lajoie were Camryn Biggs and Madison Pigeon, while Sabrina McDougall successfully sank one basket from the free throw line.