Shield unable to scale the Mountaineers
by Randy Pascal
Should Cambrian Golden Shield women’s basketball interim coach Chantal McMahon opt to pursue the position on a permanent basis next year,
she will do so with her eyes wide open.
The graduate of Ecole catholique du Sacré Coeur and alumnus of the Shield program was reminded of just how steep the road to competitiveness
might be for her former team, as the Cambrian girls fell to 1-15 with a pair of weekend losses to the Mohawk Mountaineers.
Though Mohawk opened with a 27-9 first quarter outburst on Friday, credit the locals for fighting back, playing the visitors almost dead even (23-22)
through until half-time, before gradually slipping back with a 92-56 reading on the scoreboard when all was said and done.
Sam Pocrnic (16) and Careena Browne (15) paced the Mohawk attack, which featured five players in double digits. Megan Desormeaux and
Alyssa Short countered with a solid one-two punch for Cambrian, recording 20 and 15 points respectively, with Karlee Duggan (9) and Emily
Derks (7) also in the mix.
Sunday proved a far more laborious effort for the home side, held below the ten point plateau in each of the four quarters and beaten soundly by Mohawk,
73-27. Pocrnic again topped the Mountaineers attack, netting 15 points, but joined this time by Hunter Johns with 12 and Jasmina Kuele with 10.
Only four players managed to put the ball in the basket for McMahon’s troops, with scoring shared between Derks (9), Short (8), Taylor Caverley-Grasby
(7) and Desormeaux (3).
The end of the schedule is not a kind one for the Cambrian crew, finishing off with a two game road trip to Toronto to face the undefeated Humber
Hawks (14-0). The sole Shield victory this year came back on November 20th when the locals edged the Sheridan Bruins (2-11) 75-73.