Saints settle for fourth
The varsity Saints basketball team couldn't take out the first seeded Shaftesbury Titans in the WWAC Tier 2 third place match. (submitted photo)
The girls had a strong run that ended with a fourth place finish.
The Portage Collegiate Institute varsity Saints basketball team wasn’t able to take pull off the upset over the Shaftesbury Titans in the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference Tier 2 third place game Friday night as they were downed 70-59 by the Titans in Winnipeg.
“We did really well this season and the girls should be proud,” says Bill Marsh, Saints head coach. “We congratulated the girls after the game and said there is no reason to hang your heads at the end of this run. They finished 9-2 and in third place after the regular season. and gave two really strong teams good runs for their money in the playoffs. It was a great season and a great group of girls to coach.”
The Saints took control off the opening tip-off and held the lead for most of the first half. Once Shaftesbury found their form, though, it was hard for the Saints to keep up. The girls didn’t quit until the final buzzer and were able to keep within 11 points at the end.
The Saints will be losing six players at the end of the season. Daniela Zilinska will no longer be in Portage as she’s the Rotary exchange student from Slovakia. Joining her in graduation will be Cassie Emberly, Justice Bryson, Erica Lavallee, Abigail Wilson, and Kailee Rae Delmage.
“The Grade 11s we have are pretty strong,” says Marsh. “Certainly we’ll be losing a bulk of our roster but after a summer of working on their game and conditioning and I think the returning players will make for a very strong team next season.”
The Saints finished the regular season in third place and the postseason in fourth.