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Gaels go for gold

By Larry Moko

Cathedral Gaels have advanced to the OFSAA gold-medal game in girls’ AAA basketball for a second consecutive year.

The defending Ontario high school champions from Hamilton will take on the Holy Names Knights Saturday afternoon at Belle River’s St. Anne Catholic High School for the 2022 title.

Sixteen teams have been competing at the annual showcase tournament since Thursday.

Cathedral, which is undefeated in the past two seasons, won OFSAA quarter-final and semifinal contests Friday. In the opener, the top-seeded Gaels downed the eighth-seeded Saltfleet Storm, 74-46. That was followed by a 76-41 decision over the fourth-seeded Mother Teresa Spartans of London.

Against Saltfleet, Nicole Daly scored a game-high 14 points for the Gaels. Her twin sister, Keira, added 13 and Maya Flynn netted 12. Kylie Rosos contributed seven points, her twin sister, Kaylor, chipped in with seven and Amy Varrasso had six.

“Nicole really played a great offensive and defensive game,” Cathedral coach Kevin Daly said. “Kylie was very good also, getting numerous offensive and defensive rebounds and scoring 10 points.”

Veteran Maya Flynn led the attack against the London representatives. She connected for Cathedral’s first eight points, had 18 in the first half and finished with 25 in total. Nicole Daly and Keira Daly tossed in 18 and 12 points, respectively.

For the second straight day, the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference representatives jumped out to a big early lead on its opponents. In the team’s first four games it has built advantages of 32-5, 29-10, 34-5 and 25-4 entering the second quarter.

“We full-court press,” coach Daly explained. “And I think the speed and intensity that we do it at is unique. Most of these teams have never seen this and, by the time they are able to adapt, we have a big lead.”

Coach Daly scouted the hometown Holy Names squad after the Gaels semifinal.

“They are very good,” he said. “They press and shoot a lot of 3s. We have never played them, so it’s hard to predict how this game will go. They are obviously the deserving No. 2 seed, so we are prepared for a battle.”

In its semifinal, the Knights defeated the sixth-seeded Richview Collegiate Saints of Etobicoke, 52-38.





Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold
Gaels go for gold