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The Windsor Valiants U13 Bantam Girls basketball team went undefeated at last month’s Ontario Cup Championships in Welland, en route to a Division 2 Gold Medal. The team finished 4-0 after being seeded 3rd in the 8-team draw, winning their games with focus and conviction by margins of 9, 12, 31 and 9 points along the way.
Game 1 versus local rival Tecumseh Saints was a hard fought 46-37 victory, a game closely contested throughout. The Valiants were able to finally separate in the second half with stifling full court defense and a late charge on offense to open the tournament with a valuable win. A similar script emerged against the Brantford CYO Falcons in Game 2. The two teams played for the 5th time on the season, with the Valiants coming out on top 41-29 and setting up what amounted to a semi-final matchup with #2 seeded IEM Oak Ridges.
The Valiants came out from the opening tip versus IEM with passion and purpose, claiming an early 17-0 lead to start the game on the strength of stellar outside shooting by guards Kiki Sran (16 pts) and Kalyssa Gendreau (18 pts), and a stout defensive effort. The Team was able to build on a 32-18 halftime lead throughout the second half while surrounding a total of just 6 points in the final two quarters, posting a final score of 55-24. The victory paved the Valiants’ way to the Division 2 Championship Game against Stoney Creek NYB.
For a second straight game, the Valiants rode the hot shooting of Tournament MVP Kiki Sran, who sparked a 13-3 run to start the game while draining four 3-pointers. This time however, the opponent responded by chipping away slowly, and earning a 21-21 score at the half. The Valiants held firm coming out of the break, quickly building a lead with a tenacious defense and opportunistic offense. Stoney Creek once again pressed the issue, and were down just 3 going into the final quarter. After briefly falling behind 33-34 to open the fourth, Windsor was able to assert themselves with superior ball movement on offense, executing patiently against a tiring NYB defense, and closing out the game with clutch free throw shooting for good measure.
Kiki Sran finished as the team’s leading scorer on the weekend, pacing the team with 58 points and a team-high eleven made 3-pointers. Kiki’s valiant display was supported by excellent team defense and balanced scoring throughout the tournament, with Claire Pozzi (38 pts), Samantha Lozon (31), Kalyssa Gendreau (30) and Lily Collins (26) helping Sran lead the way, and ending the season with a memorable Championship experience.
The Windsor Valiants have now opened our 2 week summer camps program. The dates of the camp are July 16th- July 20th and August 13th-17th. The camp will be for girls in grades 1 through grade 8. Camp will be lead by Windsor Valiants club coaches, former playes and guest instructors Both sessions will feature Canada Basketball Senior Women’s National Team guard Miah-Marie Langlois who is a former Valiant! Space is limited so be sure to get your daughters registered today. Please complete the attached registration form and send it in to Josh Leeman at email@example.com.
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Windsor Valiant Major Bantam (U14) team captures gold in D2 at Provincial Cup Championships !
On the shoulders of Alisha Murray, captain and tournament MVP, the Major Bantam girls (U14) went a perfect 4-0 in tournament play to capture a gold medal. Pre-tournament seedlings ranked the girls 8th, meaning they had to climb from the bottom to the top to claim supremacy.
The 1st game versus Durham City Basketball Association proved to be the toughest, a previous 40-29 loss to them in OBLX played on the girls psyche. Victory was ultimately decided by the smooth shooting of Guiliana Biasutto who scored 8 of her 10 points from the outside in the second half, against a very stubborn DCBA zone defence. Windsor 44 DCBA 42.
The next three victories tilted the Valiants way behind a tenacious team defence lead by Tsarah Langlois, Autumn Allen and Leah Tate. Valiants outscored the opposition 159-119 over the span with all 13 players not only seeing the court but registering on the score sheet as well. Defeating St. Catharines 56-35 & Guelph 65-52.
The gold medal game was a tension filled defensive battle, offensive spurts from both teams created great drama. The final moments of the game were controlled by the Valiants with disciplined ball control and satisfactory foul shooting. Valiants 38- Mississauga 32, Windsor wins gold medal !
Alisha Murray lead all scorers with 64 points, 10 assists, 40 rebounds, 19 steals and 16 blocked shots.
This team was anchored by an experienced roster that included Mia Younan, Mia Dosant, Zainalb Aboukamil, Emma Pillon, Kamina Jing, Mariam Habib. The team picked up new players Emily Agasse and Alessia Bozzi who all improved tremendously over the course of the season.
The team began their season in November with a disciplined 3 days a week schedule and 35 game season. They participated in the Ontario Basketball League elite division, travelling to the Greater Toronto Area 5 times over the winter and posting a 4-9 record. Three area tournaments rewarded them with 2 golds and a silver.
Head Coach Chuck Robson and assistant Rob Biasutto conveyed all that is right with youth sport as they displayed an even temperament and positive coaching to guide this team to a gold medal, it’s second in 4 years, to go along with a silver and bronze during a 4 yr. run together.
The team’s overall success can be attributed to the commitment and trust of players, parents and coaching staff.
GO VALIANTS !
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Congratulations to the U10 Novice girls Valiant’s on their historic undefeated season. The team successes included championships at the Windsor, Durham City and London tournaments. Their season culminated in a gold medal at the OBA championships in London.
This Valiants team relied on a combination of hard work, defensive tenacity and offensive team work
Team members included: Daniella Dosen, Mikayla Firr, Brooklyn Dalrymple, Alaysia Elam, Kyari Nelson-Crouse, Anna Pozzi, Leah Shannon, Annie Seagris, Zariyah Ross, Maysa Arabi, Sophia McKinnon, Natalie Ellsworth. Head coach Dan Shannon and Assistant coach Jason Crouse.
Our 6 week Spring House league session is now open for registration. The 6 week session will run every Saturday from April 28th to June 2nd at 749 Felix Ave at the Forester Hub. The cost is $50 and all participants will receive a Valiants item. Please see the attached “Spring House League Registration Form” attached below. Email all questions and registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Session 1: Grades 1, 2, &3
Saturdays 9:00 am to 10:00am
Session 2: Grades 4 & 5
Saturdays 10:15 am to 11:30 am
Session 3 – Grades 6, 7 & 8
Saturdays 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
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