TORONTO, Ont. (from Queen’s Gaels) – The No. 8. Queen’s Gaels (16-3) continued their win streak with a big 73-53 win against the York Lions (10-9) on the road Friday night. The Gaels see their win streak stretch to five games after the lone game this weekend.
The Tricolour managed even play at the start of the first quarter, with shots made by Veronika Lavergne (Ottawa) and rebounds grabbed by Andrea Priamo (Guelph). However several turnovers and missed scoring opportunities put them at a deficit to York. The Gaels lost their offensive edge, and by the end of the first 10 minutes, they were facing an 11 point deficit.
In the second quarter of the game, the Gaels found their groove, making a comeback from being down double-digits. Lavergne and Marianne Alarie (Sudbury) capitalized on their scoring opportunities and free throws from Sophie de Goede (Victoria) helped Queen’s bite into the Lions lead. Heading into halftime, the Gaels only trailed York by three points.
Abby Dixon (North Vancouver) made her mark in the third quarter of the game, racking up 10 points alone. The Gaels played a fantastic offensive game with shots made by Lavergne, Alarie and de Goede as they took the lead over the Lions. The Tricolour built a 10-point buffer on York heading into the fourth quarter of the game with a score of 53-43.
The Gaels continued their momentum from the third quarter into the fourth, advancing their score with the help of Lavergne, Dixon, Alarie, de Goede, Priamo and Sarah Saftich (Markham, Ont.). All around fantastic team effort allowed the Tricolour to play an active defensive quarter, only allowing the Lions to take another 10 points in the game. The Gaels racked up 20 points this quarter and took the game with a score of 73-53.
By the numbers
3 – Fouls for Priamo, Dixon and Lavergne
11 – Rebounds for Sophie de Goede
16 – Points scored by both Abby Dixon and Veronika Lavergne
The Gaels are back on their home court to take on the Toronto Varsity Blues on February 9th, 2018 at 6 pm EST in the ARC.