With Shauna Simpson leading the way, St. Marys Junior Salukis won both ends of a home-court doubleheader last Wednesday at DCVI — improving their first-place record to 5-0 in the Huron-Perth League basketball standings.
Salukis, coached by Andy Hairsine and Scott Shaddick, opened the day with a nail-biting 31-29 victory over Stratford Central Rams in the morning.
St. Marys led 18-10 at the half-time break and extended it to a 10-point advantage early in the second half. However, Rams rallied late and closed the gap to just two points on a three-point bomb by guard Avery Casey.
Salukis ran out the clock in the final two minutes to preserve the win, and hand Central (3-1) its first defeat.
“We missed a few assignments, especially when that one girl (Avery) took a three-point shot at the end. Nobody was guarding the ball,” Hairsine said. “We have to keep communicating, and everybody has to know what their job is.
“I felt we didn’t play to our potential, which means the other team was able to stay as close as they did. We have to eliminate those reaching-in fouls.”
Fourteen points for Simpson
Simpson, with seven points in each half, sparked the DCVI offence. She also played well defensively. Kelsey Coveny and Cassie Fenz added four points apiece, and Hanna Schmidt three more.
“By the work Shauna does, it also frees up other players to score and they’re taking their opportunities as well,” Hairsine noted.
Casey was the top Central shooter with 12 points. Ashley Wheeler, Nisha Chail and Sonja Andrekovic each chipped in four points.
“The girls did a good job sticking with it,” Rams’ coach Brian Dingman said. “We’ll probably see (St. Marys) down the road, and we know now that we can play with them.”
In their second game, the Jr. Salukis built an 18-7 half-time lead and went on to beat the F.E. Madill Mustangs, from Wingham, 35-20.
Shauna Simpson led the way with 12 points, while Cassie Fenz, Emily Woodhouse and Hanna Stacey added six apiece. Hanna Schmidt netted four more.
Alison Underwood had six points for the ‘Stangs (3-2).
St. Mikes Warriors, who also won a pair of league games last Wednesday, sit in second place in the H-P standings with a 4-0 mark.
Two very close games
The DCVI Senior girls, meanwhile, were involved in two very close games on their home court, winning the first and losing the second. A total of three points decided the two games.
Sue Lawrence’s Salukis kicked off the day-long mini tournament with a 31-30 thriller over the Central Rams.
“We beat a good Central team,” remarked Salukis’ Mallory Mueller, who led her team with 12 points. Rebecca Wilcox added seven points and Brittany Smith six.
Marissa Hall paced the Rams (2-2) with 11 points, while guard Stacey Brookshaw had 10.
St. Marys led 22-20 after the first half.
In their second game, the Sr. Salukis dropped a 36-34 decision to the F.E. Madill. St. Marys led 22-21 at the half-time break, but the Mustangs out-scored the home team 15-12 in the second half.
Natalie White led Wingham (2-3) with 13 points, while Brooke Thornton had 11.
Ellen Westelaken was the top DCVI shooter with six points. Makayla Lewis added five points, while Mallory Mueller, Rachel King and Rebecca Wilcox had four apiece. Nine different Salukis scored at least a point.
In the H-P Senior girls standings, St. Mikes and South Huron both have 4-0 records. Stratford Northwestern (3-1) and Clinton St. Anne’s (3-2) are tied for second. St. Marys (2-3) is one of five teams with two wins.
Upcoming: The DCVI girls hoops teams are at Northwestern today (Wednesday, Oct. 12), and host H-P League games next Wednesday (Oct. 19).