Seaway defeats La Citadelle 22-16

Turnovers favour Seaway – Seaway Spartans forward Anna Henderson (#42, right), makes her way to the La Citadelle Patriotes’ end during their senior girls basketball match October 4th in Iroquois, with two guards in pursuit. Henderson scored 14 points as Seaway came back in the fourth quarter to win 22-16. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

IROQUOIS – Following their 38-18 loss in Cornwall to the Holy Trinity Falcons, the Seaway Spartans senior girls basketball team bounced back to win their second game of the season at home.

Seaway was host to the visiting La Citadelle Patriotes, who were looking for their first season.

The opening quarter saw the Patriotes draw one point ahead of the Spartans, leading 8-7. Anna Henderson had five of the points for Seaway, Krista Strader two. Alexandra Aubin and Melanie Maloney each had four points in the quarter.

Seaway played a defensive second quarter, shutting down La Citadelle’s offense completely. Henderson and Strader each scored a basket to put the Spartans in the lead. At half time, Seaway led La Citadelle 11-8.

Moving into the third quarter, the Patriotes pushed back with a physically aggressive style of play, which forced Seaway to turnover the ball mid-court. When the Spartans could make it into the Patriotes end, their shots were blocked repeatedly.

Seaway forward Erin Gibbons (right) and La Citadelle forward Samantha Graveley (left) fight for possession. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

La Citadelle forwards Tia Latour and Aubin combined for six points putting the Patriotes back in the lead by the end of the quarter 14-13. Henderson had the lone two-pointer for the Spartans.

The see-saw game went back into Seaway’s favour for the final quarter.

The Patriotes turned over the ball eight times in three minutes as the Spartans offence heated up. La Citadelle forward Miranda Davidson had one basket for her team early in the quarter, extending the team’s lead to 16-13. After that, Seaway took ownership of La Citadelle’s end of the court scoring nine points and retaking the lead.

Henderson scored seven points, while Lea Ros and Francesca Termidora each had one point. Spartans win 22-16.

“Their last game against the Falcons, they had chances but the HT defence did their job blocking shots,” said Seaway coach Trevor Thompson. “The players did a great job in this game with passing and came on strong in the fourth quarter.”

The win moves the team into fourth place in the league with a record of two wins and one loss. Ahead of Seaway are first place St. Joe’s and second place Holy Trinity. Sitting in third place are the Tagwi Warriors.

Up next, the Spartans travel to Cornwall to take on the St. Lawrence Saints. Following that, they visit the North Dundas Devils, and then host the St. Joe’s Panthers on October 24th.