MB Girls golden in Belleville
November 28, 2016 - The Kingston Impact Major Bantam Girls - Reynolds team got the season off to a good start in their first tournament, with 4 straight wins en route to winning the Belleville Spirits tournament Nov 25-27, 2016.
Friday night against the Goulbourn Hornets, the team trailed 6-5 after the first quarter before going on a 17-7 run in the second. The second half continued strong for Impact, and they finished with the 53-23 win. Ella Pratt Vallier had 11 points, and Mikayla McFarlane chipped in 9.
Saturday morning dawned with another slow start for the team, and Impact was trailing to a quick and scrappy I.E.M. team, 10-2 partway through the first quarter. But a strong defensive effort, and good finishing in transition meant a 22-14 half time lead, and a final score of 54-25. It was a balanced scoring performance, as all 12 players had at least 2 points, and Talya Kartye led the team with 8 rebounds.
The third game against the Brockville Blazers again saw a balanced attack, as the Impact got off to a quicker start. Ella Pratt Vallier had 7 points, and 11 rebounds, and Kennedy Joyce had 7 points to lead Impact to a 48-15 score.
The final game saw Impact in tough against the host Belleville Spirits, the game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, and Impact was trailing 16-14 at the half. But the Impact team came out with a renewed intensity in the third quarter; two steals and lay ups by Tegan Reynolds were key to a 15-6 run. The final score was 33-26, and all 12 girls contributed defensively and offensively.
Congratulations to the ladies on a total team effort, well done!