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Gaels advance to OFSAA quarter-finals

By Larry Moko

The top-seeded Cathedral Gaels breezed to a pair of opening-day victories at the 2022 OFSAA girls’ AAA high school basketball championship.

Cathedral opened the 16-team three-day tournament in Windsor Thursday with a 66-30 win over the 11th-seeded St. Mary’s College Knights of Sault Ste. Marie.

Defending provincial champions, the Gaels raced out to a 34-5 first-quarter lead and padded their advantage to 44-13 at the half.

All 12 of the Gaels figured in the scoring. Keira Daly paced the attack with 14 points, while her cousin, Rachel Daly, contributed eight. Angelina Medeiros, Kylie Rosos and Amy Varrasso chipped in with six points apiece while Maya Flynn and Tea Papalia added five each.

In their second game of the day, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic representatives topped the Cobourg Collegiate Institute Wolves, 64-26. Again, Cathedral started fast, pulling ahead 20-1. The Gaels then held quarter leads of 25-4, 39-16 and 50-20.

“Basically, we had huge leads right off the bat in both games,” Cathedral coach Kevin Daly said. “And then we just tried to conserve energy as this is five games in three days.”

Keira Daly also led the way for Cathedral against Cobourg, netting all 13 of her points in the first half. Flynn and Varrasso scored nine apiece while Grade 9 call-up Beatrice Clausen had five.

Up next for the Gaels is a quarter-final Friday afternoon. They’ll face the eighth-seeded Saltfleet Storm, who qualified with a pair of wins including a 57-52 decision in overtime against Kingston’s Frontenac Falcons.

Gold-medal finalists play Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Anne’s High School in Belle River.

Gaels advance to OFSAA quarter-finals