The 2017 U15 Girls National Championships are in the books and Ontario has re-taken the title with a 75-55 win over Quebec.

The game started out as expected with the two basketball powers showing the defensive ability and Quebec leading 9-7 with 5 minutes into the first Q. Ontario took its first lead 10-9 on a jumper with 4:17 on the clock by 6-1 G Kayla Drummond which was the result of a steal by 5-9 G Marzan Demeke (top defender in the tourney). This was followed by a 2 FTs and a 3 ball from 6-0 G Merrisah Russell (20pts) to make it 15-10 and Team Ontario offensive flow pick up continuing the separation to build a 40-23 half time lead.

Quebec was once again led by strong play from 5-5 G Sarah Baily who tallied 19 points and led her team with 7 rebounds. Aaliyah Edwards chipped in with another double for Ontario with 17pts and 10rbs.

These are two equally skilled teams but the work that Team Ontario did on the boards (45-29 Ontario advantage) and the chaos they created on D starting with Marzan Demeke was the difference. Demeke was key in disrupting Quebec’s top player Lisa Tesson which took Quebec out of any flow throughout the game.

 

Tournament Placings                  MVP: Aaliyah Edwards (Ontario)

1 Ontario 5-0                                                   

2 Quebec 3-2

3 Saskatchewan 6-1

4 British Columbia 2-4

5 Alberta 3-3

6 Manitoba 0-5

7 Newfoundland 4-2

8 New Brunswick 2-4

9 Nova Scotia 1-5

 

Statistical Leaders

Points per Game

  • Aaliyah Edwards Ontario: 17.4                                                     
  • Sarah Bailly Quebec: 14                                                      
  • Tea Demong Alberta: 13.5                                                     
  • Merissah Russell Ontario: 13.4                                                     
  • Maggie Pottle Newfoundland: 12.5                   

Rebounds per Game

  • Tea Demong Alberta: 10.83                                                      
  • Aaliyah Edwards Ontario: 8.6                                                     
  • Haley Fedick Alberta: 8.5                                                      
  • Allie McCarrthy New Brunswick: 7.17                                    
  • Kaylee Plouffe Alberta: 6.67                                                       

Steals per Game

  • Kennedy Hollinger Saskatchewan: 4.14                    
  • Surprise Minuie British Columbia: 3.83              
  • Maggie Pottle Newfoundland: 3.33                    
  • Allie McCarrthy New Brunswick: 2.67                                     
  • Aaliyah Edwards Ontario: 2.6                                                     

See all stats at http://15unationals2017.web.geniussports.com/competitions/?cu=CBNF/en/leaders

 

Deon Wilson

Written by Deon Wilson

Deon Wilson is a Provincial Analyst for NPH, providing coverage on high school, CCAA, and CIS basketball in Atlantic Canada. Wilson is also a Kinesiologist and personal trainer who focuses on athlete development. Team Nova Scotia 15s Head Coach for 2013 Nationals, 4-1 record 5th place finish. Team Nova Scotia 17s Head Coach 2014, 4-1 record, Nationals Bronze Medalist.

Website: http://www.NorthPoleHoops.com

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