Sudbury JAM U16 Girls Golden in Overtime in Markham!
JAM U16 girls basketball team

The JAM U16 basketball team took gold in overtime over the weekend. Front Row from Left to Right: Izzy Maki, Kyra Mallory, Grace Tresidder, Arianna Ghorbani. Back Row from Left to Right: Katrina Thai, Cloe Douillette, Heidi Lamothe, Ellie McIntrye, Bianca Ricard, Aaliyah Robinson.

The Sudbury JAM U16 girls basketball team started their season strong in Markham this weekend.  In the opening game Sudbury showed great resilience and determination in overcoming an early deficit to comeback and defeat Guelph 36 to 29.  Katrina Thai lead all scorers with 10 points and Ellie McIntrye and Aaliyah Robinson played strong defensively to secure the victory.  In the second match, the JAM faced the North Region Cats.  In a rematch of last year’s provincial championship game a determined Sudbury squad utilized a stifling full court press to turn the table on the Toronto team and posted a convincing 46-8 victory to shock last year’s champions.  Heidi Lamothe and Kyra Mallory paced the JAM offensive attack with 10 points each and Bianca Ricard and Izzy Maki were outstanding defensively in the win.

With a spot in the final on the line Sudbury faced off with the York South Silver Knights.  The JAM carried the momentum of the previous game into the opening moments and jumped out to an early 25-6 halftime lead.  The talented York team pushed to make it a contest in the second half but great ball movement and strong defense resulted in a 45 – 27 Sudbury win and a spot in the gold medal game.  Grace Tresidder drained outside shots to lead all scorers with 12 points while Cloe Douillette patrolled the paint and dominated defensively with great rebounding.

In the championship game the JAM faced Guelph who had overcome the early loss and put together impressive victories to work their way back into the final.  A determined Guelph team utilized a speedy transition attack to jump out to an early lead.  Lamothe started the JAM comeback with some key steals resulting in breakaway layups to pull the JAM back into contention.  Tresidder continued to have the hot hand and knocked down a pair of three’s to give the JAM the lead back at halftime.  Arianna Ghorbani and Robinson showed great resolve shutting down their defensive assignments and working through tough screens.  In the second half, Guelph surged into the lead several times in a classic final game.  Each time, the gritty JAM team responded with driving lay ups by Lamothe and clutch three’s from Tresidder and the game needed overtime to be decided.  The extra period was full of great moments.  Douillette made three huge pressure packed free throws and Ghorbani launched a dagger three to take the lead.   The JAM thwarted the Guelph attempt to tie it at the buzzer and Sudbury claimed the championship by a 57-55 score.  Tresidder lead all scorers with 18 points and Lamothe added 11.

Sudbury will compete in Huntsville in January.

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