Atom Wildcats Golden in Hamilton
After being seeded 4th in Pool A, the Wildcats surprised their competition in the round robin and through the medal round, upsetting the tournament’s top teams along the way. In their opening round robin game, Chatham-Kent defeated the Sudbury JAM 29-26. Olivia Lozon and Grace Mwasalla topped all Chatham-Kent Wildcats scorers with 10-points each in the win.
In their second game, Chatham-Kent suffered their only loss of the tournament to a tough Etobicoke team 30-23. Grace Mwasalla again topped all Chatham-Kent scorers with 6-points, while Makara Vandusen and Niveen Teklhi each had 4-points.
Facing the number 1 seeded Huron (Sarnia) Lakers, in a game they had to win to advance, the Chatham-Kent Wildcats edged out a tight 35-33 victory. Olivia Lozon had an incredible game for the Wildcats scoring 11-points. The win advanced the Chatham-Kent Wildcats to the semi-final against Newmarket.
During the round robin, the IEM (Newmarket) Spartans finished with a 3-0 undefeated record. Chatham-Kent came ready to play however, and clawed out a 22-21 win, sending them to the final. Mwasalla topped all Chatham-Kent scorers with 9-points, while Lozon had 5-points, and Holly Beaumont scored 3.
In the final, again facing the Etobicoke Thunder, the Chatham-Kent girls would not let their opponent take another win. The Wildcats poured on the offense winning 41-21 to take home the gold. Olivia Lozon had 13-points to lead the Wildcats, while Mwasalla and Diana Lucarelli had 7-points each.