2016 JUEL Weekend Wrap Up
May 15, 2016 – This weekend saw many of the best and brightest young female basketball stars in Canada, play in the Junior Elite League Championship weekend held at Queen's University. On the court the 2 Kingston Impact teams combined for a single win, but off the court, the teams brought home 3 distinguished individual awards.
For her efforts in overcoming significant injuries over the last 2 years, Kingston Impact JUEL team member and Holy Cross student, Mackenzie Melim was awarded the Mackenzie Curran Inspiration Award.
From the JUEL Prep team, Bayridge's Sonal Gupta and La Salle's Bryn Reynolds were also recognized for their achievements off the court.
Sonal, for her volunteer work, was named to the JUEL Prep Community Service team. Bryn was honoured for her scholastic achievement by being named to the JUEL Prep All-Academic team.
These 3 players add to a growing list of high achieving all around student athletes that are coming out of the Kingston Impact program. Last season, Jamie Mumby was named the inaugural winner of the Mackenzie Curran award while Abbey Hetherington was also named to the JUEL Prep all-academic team.
On the court, both teams had their ups and downs this weekend. In their final games of the season, both teams played 2 of their more exciting games.
JUEL Prep earned their first win of the season, defeating Ajax Advantage 50-48. Campbell MacInnis's 2 free throws broke the 48-48 tie with 10 seconds remaining to cap a 24 – 18 fourth quarter comeback. Jocelyn Miles played arguably her best game of the season in front of a packed and loud BEWS gymnasium. Jocelyn's 15 points, 9 rebounds led the Impact while Bryn Reynolds scored 11 points in the final 11 minutes to help spur the comeback. Brooke Hedley and Laura Mallen were major contributors on the boards by grabbing 9 and 7 rebounds respectively. Kaleigh Coco and Tori Tees created havoc all game with their relentless defense and timely scoring.
For the JUEL team, their final game against Windsor followed the pattern of the season. After some impressive play to get up 18-5 in the first part of the game, the JUEL team found themselves trailing by 9 entering the 4th quarter 47-38. But they didn't give up and didn't go away. They started the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 1 point lead mid way through the final period.
Unfortunately, despite some clutch free throw shooting from Abbey Hetherington, some big plays from Mackenzie Melim, Taylor Breese, Rebecca Wendland and Mary Besselink, the team was slowed down by a few unlucky calls and ended up losing by 2, 61-59.
With both teams having 2 of the youngest rosters in their respective leagues, the future is bright for both programs. We are already looking forward to next season.