By Chris Marchand
The Dryden Eagles Senior Girls Basketball team had an easy time clinching the NorWOSSA ‘AA’ basketball championship, with a 47-32 win over Kenora’s Beaver Brae Broncos, Nov. 10.
The Eagles look forward to hosting the NWOSSA final, versus the winner among Thunder Bay ‘AA’ teams (yet to be determined at press time) this weekend at Dryden High School, the winner of which heads to provincial championships.
Players Emily Kennedy and Jessica Lee say it was among the best games they’ve seen yet from their squad.
“Everything we’ve worked at all year just kind of came together,” said Lee. “We brought our game.”
Dryden dropped just one of four of its regular season game to Beaver Brae, finishing with division leading 6-2 record.
“We knew we shouldn’t underestimate them,” said Kennedy.
But led by leading scorers Morgan Church and Wilma Oombash, the Eagles dominated the game from early on and never looked back.
“It was really quite cool to see a lot of kids get on the score sheet,” said coach Lorna Tremonti. “That’s really been our success, we have a really deep bench and I think Kenora’s legs got a little tired near the end there. They’ve improved so much as a ball club. They are going to be a real contender next year.”
As far as this week’s NWOSSA game goes, Tremonti says anything can happen.
“I think St. Ignatius is probably going to come out,“ said Tremonti, Nov. 10. “One night — two games, anything can happen. We’ll certainly try to go in there like we did tonight, try to get some shots from the outside and if we can get a hot hand again that will really help us.”