Wallaceburg Airhawks Win Gold To Open Their Season

Wallaceburg Airhawks Basketball

The Wallaceburg Airhawks U16 team opened their season with a tournament win in London – Contributed Photo

With the first games of the U16 Wallaceburg Airhawks season upon the young basketball team, the Airhawks struck gold at their opening tournament in London.

The team had been practising since early December with no game play until this weekend, seeing their hard work pay off.

Wallaceburg’s first game of the weekend was against London CYO and the going was tough. The Airhawks not only battled CYO on the floor they also battled themselves. Wallaceburg had 28 team fouls in the game with 2 girls fouling out and 3 others at 4, but managed to stay close but lost 54-47. Pacing the way offensively for the game was Kayla Nogueira with 14.

In the Airhawks’ second game of the tournament they faced another London CYO team. In this game the Airhawks started to find some chemistry. The first half of the game was back and forth with London leading 23-22 at half. Wallaceburg then started finding another stride on defence and with that came offense. The Airhawks held London to 16 points in the second half and won the game 50-39. Leading the way for the game was Elliot Cowan 16 and Kayla Nogueira 12.

For their third game, the Wallaceburg Airhawks played the host London Ramblers for first in pool play and the right to go to the gold medal game. Once again the Airhawks in just their 3rd game of the year had struggles, but the team’s skill pulled this game out in the end. The Airhawks won this game 55-46. Leading the way was Marissa Beselaere with 17.

For the gold medal game a rivalry was reborn as the Wallaceburg Airhawks played the Chatham-Kent Wildcats. This game was a great battle from tip off to the final whistle with no one wanting to give an inch. With quarter scores of 11-10 Wallaceburg, 25-21 Chatham at half, 38-32 Wallaceburg at the end of the 3rd and Wallaceburg holding on to win 52-47 to take the gold. Leading the way to gold offensively was Elliot Cowan 21 and Julia Veenstra 11.

Left to right bottom row: Elliot Cowan, Capreese Freeman, Kayla Nogueira, Marissa Beselaere, Victoria Byrne, Donna Kucera(coach). Left to right top row: Rick Freeman(coach), Logan Cormier, Lauren Harding, Julia Veenstra, Bill Rhodes(coach), Katie Forgie, Sara Turner, Avah Tsaprailis, Jeff Byrne(coach).

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