The Belleville Spirits major bantam girls came up a bit short in their bid for 3 straight tournament golds this past weekend at the Kingston Impact Mega tournament. Having went 3-0 in pool play, the Spirits lost in the final to the host Kingston team 43-30. Belleville led most of the first half thanks to some hot shooting but gave up a 7-0 run to the Impact at the end of the second quarter. Tied at 21 going into the half, Belleville fell behind in the third quarter and could not recover. Grace Callahan led the scoring attack with 10 points with Melina McLellan and Brigid Bechervaise each scoring 9.
Belleville opened the tournament with a convincing win over the Orillia Lakers 47-26. A great way to start the weekend with all Spirits players hitting the score sheet. This was big win for the girls as Orillia is sitting higher in the provincial rankings. Callahan and Bechervaise led the scoring with 15 and 8 respectively. McLellan added 6 and Talia Vreugendhill and Kira Fair each with 4.
Game 2 of pool play saw Belleville match up with the Dawson Bluehounds, the #2 ranked bantam team in Quebec. Belleville never trailed in the game after jumping out to an early 8-0 thanks to some impressive shooting from Bechervaise. The lead was pushed to as many as 14 in the first half but Dawson slowly chipped away, tying the game at 38 with 12 seconds reaming. With no time outs left, Belleville inbounded the ball to Sydney Drain who pushed the ball up court to McLellan. With a strong drive to the basket, McLellan drew a foul and calmly made both free throws to seal the win. This was really an impressive win for the girls over a dominant Dawson team that expected to leave Kingston with nothing less than gold. This was their only loss against 3 very lopsided victories. Bechervsaise was top shooter with 14 including three 3’s. Callahan added 13.
Rounding out the pool play, Belleville dominated the Gloucester Wolverines in a 49-35 win. Bechervaise 17, Callahan 13, Sydney Drain with 11 and McLellan 8.
Bellevilles record inproves to 22-5 on the season, up next is the Ontario Cup in Brampton.
Team members are Brigid Bechervaise, Sydney Drain, Talia Vreugendhill, Avery Shortland, Emily Harvey, Madison Tracze, Brynne Barrett, Kira Fair, Melina McLellan, Makenna Barnes, Aleisha Rose, Grace Callahan Coaches Tom Callahan, Darryl Drain and Jeff Bechervaise.