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Gee-Gees rally behind Traer’s 24 points for comeback win

Sunday November 15, 2015
Richard A. Whittaker

Two undefeated teams faced off in Guelph on Saturday evening. Ottawa was coming off a dominating performance in Lakehead while the Gryphons had just defended home court against the Carleton Ravens. After a tightly contested first half Guelph pulled ahead by as much as 14 points in the third quarter before the Gee-Gees rallied with a 28-point fourth quarter to take a 72-69 victory.

Catherine Traer scored a series of key baskets late and finished with 24 points to lead Ottawa. With the team up one and less than 15 seconds to go, Traer hit a dagger layup and following a rebound on a missed Guelph shot, Julia Soriano killed the clock managing to not get fouled.

Katherine Lemoine and Soriano both added 11 points for the Garnet and Grey. Guelph had four players score in double digits led by Kate MacTavish who was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points.

In the early goings, both teams seemed to have difficulties adjusting to their opponent’s defence. The Gee-Gees briefly held a lead, but the Guelph managed to grab and hold it for almost the entire game. It wasn’t until the final quarter where things started going Ottawa’s way.

The Gryphons dominated the boards on their end of the floor during the first half, grabbing 13 defensive rebounds while Ottawa only had six offensive ones. Guelph never had a firm lead as the Gee-Gees were constantly chipping away at the lead, however the Gryphons always managed to keep their opponent at bay.

Offensive struggles plagued the Gee-Gees as they couldn’t capitalize on second chance put backs and at one point in the first half were 1 for 7 from three.

Ottawa’s offence didn’t come alive until the fourth quarter. Though they started the final frame down 44-55, Ottawa started the quarter on a 13-0 run. A Sarah Besselink three-pointer tied the game at 55-55 and Catherine Traer's ensuing bucket gave her team the lead.

 Ottawa hit 40 per cent of their three-point shots while Guelph was 1 for 8.  Both teams equal in terms of rebounding as Guelph had 31 to the Gee-Gees' 32.

 The Gee-Gees have scored at least 65 points in all of their regular season games so far this season. The team remains undefeated with a 4-0 record following the 72-69 victory. Their next opponent will be the Algoma Thunderbirds who they will face next week at Montpetit Hall.