After an opening game loss to a strong East York team, the Spirits stormed back to win the silver medal by defeating Nepean, York South, and finally, Barrie Royals in an overtime thriller.
The Belleville Spirits Major Atom girls (U12) competed in their 2nd Basketball Ontario sanctioned tournament ; a 4 game round robin in Markham this past weekend going 3 and 1 and winning their 2nd Silver medal in as many tournaments.
The girls started slow and were over-matched in their first game losing to the eventual Gold Medal winners, East York.
The team regrouped and easily defeated eastern rivals Nepean Blue Devils.47-17. Vanessa Gauthier led with 12points, Kayla Martindale (9) and Vanessa Edgett (8).
The girls followed that up with another impressive showing against York South Silver Knights, winning 40-23. Martindale led with 17 and Samantha Middleton with (8).
In the Silver Medal game, the girls triumphed with a thrilling 47-42 OT victory over a very good shooting Barrie Royals team. The team was again led by Martindale with 13 and Ashton McGuire with (9).
Martindale and McGuire were co-MVPs for the tournament.
Coaches: Karen Paul, Kevin McGuire, Sandro Palleschi
Players: Kayla Martindale, Ashton McGuire, Madelyn Bardell, Marlee Maracle, Madison Lees, Ryan Fitzgerald, Sophie Profit, Samantha Middleton, Vanessa Gauthier, Vanessa Edgett, Lily Haslett and Sarah Paul.
Next up is the Gloucester Feb 10-12.