It’s rarely a surprise when the top two seeded teams meet up in a final game, unless it’s the bronze medal game. Rather than showing how the seeding system is flawed, this turn of events shows just how much upsets have been a part of this years’ National Championships. Both of the teams meeting in the bronze final are here because of an upset, as the 2nd seeded Dawson Blues fell to the 6th seeded Mount Saint Vincent Mystics, and the top-seeded Sheridan Bruins lost to the 5th seed Cegep de Sainte-Foy Dynamiques. That said, both teams would be looking to salvage something from their cross-country trip and a bronze medal would have to do.
Dawson jumped off to a solid start taking an early 6-0 lead, before Sheridan bounced back to tie the game at 9 with 2:15 to go in the first, however it would be all Dawson for the rest of the quarter as they went won a 10-0 run to close it, including two 3-pointers, as they went into the second with a 19-9 lead.
The Bruins came on strong in the first half of the second, closing the gap to 15-19 in the first four minutes. However that was too close for comfort for the Blues as they took off on an 11-2 run the rest of the second quarter to make it 30-17 for Dawson going into the final seconds of the half, before a Jocelyn Hinz field goal closed the gap to 30-19 going into the break.
The Bruins closed the gap to 33-27 early in the second half and the teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter maintaining a 4 to 6 point seperation between the two clubs throughout, as the third quarter ended with the Blues still on top, 50-44.
In the final quarter, the Bruins struggled to tie the game up with Dawson, while Dawson struggled to gain any ground on the Bruins. With an early field goal, Dawson would gain an 8 point lead, but it would be the largest of the quarter, as the Bruins would again chip away at the Blues lead, coming to within 2 to make the score 60-58 with three minutes to go. However, that would be as close as they would get as the Blues quickly regained their six-point lead and hung onto it until the buzzer, winning 67-61.
The Bruins Sam Scull would take Player of the Game honours for her team after her 17 point, 13 rebound performance. For the Blues, Serginha Estime would receive the honour after scoring 13 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Marilene Lapierre had a similar game for Dawson putting up 13 points of her own plus 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.
With the win, the Dawson Blues return home to Quebec with the bronze medal, while the Sheridan Bruins take home fourth place at the 2010 nationals.
Last reviewed 3/20/2010 8:42:35 PM