The Belleville Spirits major bantam AA girls team won gold this past weekend in Newmarket posting a perfect 5-0 record. The Spirits won a thrilling gold medal game against Timmins Select 30-29. After jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first 3 minutes, Belleville saw their lead slip away and went into halftime tied at 12. From there on, neither team led by more 4 points. Belleville made some crucial free throws in the final quarter to seal the win. Brigid Bechervaise led the scoring in the final with 12 points. Aleisha Rose with 6, Kira Fair and Talia Vreugendhill each with 4.
To reach the finals, Belleville had to gut out another one point victory against the host club, IEM Newmarket by a similar 30-29 score. Bechervaise scored another dozen with Aleisha Rose with 7 and Grace Callahan with 6.
In round robin play, the Spirits opened the tourney with a sloppy 26-25 win over the Brampton Briers. After taking an early 11-2 lead, Belleville let Brantford back in the game, scoring only 1 point in the second quarter to take a 12-9 lead into the half. With Belleville up 1 with only seconds remaining, Brantford missed a wide open layup at the buzzer which would have won the game. Bechervaise and Vreugendhill led the scoring with 7 and 5 respectively.
In the their second game, Belleville had an easy time with Canada Basketball Academy winning 48-19. Grace Callahan led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points, Bechervaise with 10 and Sydney Drain with 6.
Belleville defeated another IEM Newmarket team 55-39 in their 3rd game to secure first place in their pool. Leading by only 6 at the half, Belleville came out strong in the 3rd quarter to take a 20 point lead and cruised to victory from there. Rose and Callahan led the scoring with 21 and 15 respectively.
It was a great effort from all the girls this weekend. Winning 3 games by one point shows a lot of character and determination. Coaches would especially like to recognize Bechervaise, Rose and Vreugendhill for their outstanding efforts this weekend. Consistent on both ends of the floor in every game, defending, rebounding, and scoring.