By Larry Moko
The Cathedral Gaels are simply unbeatable – at least so far.
Under head coach Kevin Daly, the Cathedral senior girls’ high school basketball team hasn’t lost a game in almost two years. They went 20-0 last season en route to winning an OFSAA gold medal at the AAA championships in St. Catharines.
And that streak has continued in 2022.
The Gaels, who went undefeated in 11 league and playoff starts, downed the St. Thomas More Knights, 74-37, in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic championship game Friday.
That contest, between the first-place Gaels and the third-place Knights, was played at Cathedral.
“I was impressed with our composure,” Daly said. “St. Thomas More came at us to start the game. They were hitting their shots and the fans were going crazy.
“The atmosphere was charged. It was a great atmosphere.”
The score was 21-15 for the home team at the end of the first quarter and then the Gaels started to pull away. They led by 18 at the half.
“We were focused on winning,” Daly said. “We always seem to have a run at some point. We had that run towards the end of the first half and at the start of the third quarter.”
Daly’s twin daughters, Keira and Nicole, continued to excel for the Gaels. Keira led all scorers with 24 points while Nicole contributed 11.
Maya Flynn and Amy Varrasso each added 10.
For More, the leading scorers were Grace Ammendolia, with eight, and Mackenzie McFedries, with seven.
Up next for the Gaels is the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championship game Thursday. Cathedral will travel to whichever Halton school wins its Tuesday GHAC semifinal.
Said coach Daly: “We’ve got to get through that game and, if we do, I’d imagine we’ll be the No. 1 seed going into OFSAA.”
Other players on the roster for Cathedral included Angelina Medeiros, Atteyla Barichello, Tea Papalia, Rachel Daly, Kaylor Rosos, Kylie Rosos and Nubeah Clarke.