Spartans go 1-1 for the week

Fourth quarter charge – Seaway Spartans forward Maeryn Gilmour (center, #11) runs up the court with teammates Lea Ros and Irene Vero during the Spartans game against the North Dundas Devils October 15th. The Spartans trailed the Devils 32-27 going into the fourth quarter and made several plays into the Devils end. The Devils’ offence combined for 20 points in the quarter while that team’s defence prevented Seaway from scoring a point, resulting in a 52-27 loss for the Spartans. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

IROQUOIS – A win and a loss has kept the Seaway Spartans senior girls basketball team in the run for a playoff spot amongst Single-A schools. The Spartans had a close win October 11th over the St. Lawrence Saints in Cornwall, and lost to the North Dundas Devils October 15th.

In the first match, the Spartans traveled to Cornwall to take on the Saints. Both teams had a slow start in the first quarter with Seaway taking the lead 6-4. Forwards Anna Henderson and Krista Strader put points up in the quarter.

Martina Lewis, Strader, and Henderson combined for 11 points to put some space between Seaway and St. Lawrence by half time. The Spartans led the Saints 17-12.

Seaway had a big third quarter, out-scoring St. Lawrence 15-11. Henderson added seven points in the effort, while Lilly Lewis scored a three-pointer for the team. Going into the fourth quarter, Seaway led St. Lawrence 32-23. Both teams played more defensively, with each side only scoring six points each. Seaway held on to win the match 38-29, the team’s third win of the season.

“We had a very slow start to the game,” said head coach Trevor Thompson after the game. “We discussed what we had gone over  as far as moving the ball up the floor to create scoring opportunities off of the fast break.”

Thompson said that the team’s positioning improved.

“We did trade baskets but down the stretch we were able to hold them off.”

Henderson had 23 points in the game, Strader eight points, and Martina Lewis had a season high, scoring seven points.

Following that win, Seaway visited Dundas County rival North Dundas where the Spartans took a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.

North Dundas took the lead in the second quarter, putting up 15 points to Seaway’s eight points with Henderson scoring six. Devils’ forwards Jessica Barkley and Ellie Sarsaroudi combined for nine points in the quarter. The Spartans trailed the Devils 22-18 at half time.

Seaway kept pace with North Dundas in the third quarter, being outscored by only one point, 10-9. Strader had two baskets and went one-for-two in foul shots, and Henderson scored to buckets. Spartans continued to trail the Devils 32-27.

Unfortunately for Seaway, those were the final points the team would score in the game. The Devils’ defence successfully blocked repeated efforts by the Spartans throughout the fourth quarter. Seaway rookie Maeryn Gilmour made successive charges down the court with the ball only to have North Dundas steal possession on the rebound.

North Dundas scored 20 points in the fourth quarter. Barkley led the offence for the Devils, scoring two three-pointers. Giota Sarsaroudi and Delaney Johnston each had four points in the effort. The Devils defeated the Spartans 52-27. Seaway fell to a record of three wins and two losses for the season.

Seaway remains in fourth place in the Single-A high school standings, fifth overall in the county league (Double-A and Single-A combined). The Spartans have five games remaining in the season, and next play the St. Joe’s Panthers October 24th.