Silver Weekend in London for Major Atom Girls teams
Apr 14, 2015 – It was a silver weekend in London as both Kingston Impact Major Atom Girls teams participating in the U12 Girls Ontario Provincial Championships came home with 2nd place finishes in their respective divisions.
Kingston Impact #1, coached by Jason Reynolds, went into the tournament as the 5th seed in Division 3, finished 3-0 in pool play before losing the gold medal game to the #2 seed Huron Lakers 36-31.
In their first game, Friday night, the team started slowly. Down 9-1 to the #1 seeded Kitchener-Waterloo Lightning, the team received a major lift with timely shooting by Kennedy Joyce, and opportunistic rebounds by Chloe Cole propelled the team to go on a 27-12 run for rest of the game, escaping with a 28-21 victory.
In the 2nd game, a slow start for the Impact again almost cost them against the gritty the 4th seeded Brantford Briers. Losing 10-7 after the first half, the team used a strong defensive effort, and balanced scoring to earn a 24-20 win. In their last pool game, Tegan Reynolds with 10 points and Mikayla McFarlane 10 rebounds led the way to a 23-18 win over the 8th seeded Guelph Phoenix.
In their gold medal game, the Impact played tough the entire game. An unfortunate run by the #2 seed to end the 3rd quarter was too much for the girls to overcome. Down 33-31 with 2 minutes left, the Impact couldn't get the ball to drop even though they had numerous good scoring opportunities. Selena Pacheco and Livia Wells both had outstanding games in the loss.
For the Impact #2 team, coached by Adam Lynn, they entered as the #1 seed in Division 7.
They won their first game by 20 points, but lost their 2nd pool game against Timmins to finish second in their pool. They advanced to the semi final which was by far the most exciting game of the year!
It was the roughest game the girls had been in, but after the first two shifts, the girls figured out that they could match the toughness of their opposition. Being down 5 going into the last shift, the girls executed inbounds plays perfectly, rebounded with desperation, and hit critical foul shots to take the lead by 1 with 16 seconds left. They then had to defend their opposition 5 times in that remaining 16 seconds due to jump balls and turnovers, but were able to hand on, making for a very exciting 1 point victory.
In the final, they went up against Timmins for the second time. The lowest scoring affair this season as it was 8 - 6 at halftime for Timmins. Kinston played great and created many open shots against a very sagging defense, but could not find the bottom of the net. Overall a great finish and proud of all of the season`s accomplishments.