16U Jam survive close calls, win gold in Ottawa
by Randy Pascal
The Sudbury Jam 16U Girls would survive a couple of very close calls, capturing gold in the Division 3 bracket at the Ontario Cup Provincial
Championships last month in Ottawa.
The locals were tested early, benefitting from a quick start and holding on in the end in picking up a 43-41 win over Wildhawk Basketball
(Kitchener-Waterloo) in the tournament curtain-riser for both teams.
Arielle Douillette paced the Sudbury attack with 16 points, Kate Dahmer chipped in with 11, and Josée Filion and Mia Filion
both netted seven as the Jam led 29-20 at the half.
There would be a little more breathing room in game two on Saturday, as the northern Ontario squad bested the Nepean Blue Devils 45-31, with
Douillette (18) and Dahmer (13) once again at the forefront of the offense for the winners.
The Jam actually trailed 20-18 heading into the third quarter, but exploded for an 18-6 run over the course of the next eight minutes, pulling away for
the win. Looking to clinch their spot in the gold medal game, the Sudbury girls waited until the fourth quarter to put away a pesky Timmins Selects
crew in their round robin finale.
With Timmins leading 32-30 at the end of the third quarter, coach Rick Filion's troops pulled out all the stops, outscoring the Selects 19-5
down the stretch in registering a 49-37 victory.
Dahmer was a one-woman wrecking crew for Sudbury, busting out with a 21-point performance, with Mia Filion next in line at ten. With that scare behind
them, the locals were ready to meet the undefeated Etobicoke Thunder.
Once again, a game of momentum swings, as the Jam bolts to a 14-7 lead after one, but were dominated in quarter two, falling behind 26-20. The team
would cut that deficit in half, thanks to a 13-10 advantage in the third, completing the comeback through the final few minutes of play.
The Sudbury team offered something of a different balance on offense, as Dahmer (15), Mia Filion (12) and Aniesha Rishmond (10) all hit double
digits. Similar story in the paint, as Douillette, Dahmer, Mia Filion and Amy Vis each hauled in five rebounds.
The Sudbury 16U Jam squad included Arielle Douillette, Marissa Graffi, Kristina Valle, Josée Filion, Mia Filion, Aneisha Rishmond, Amy Vis,
Sunny G-Lowe, Dayna Fairwell, Kate Dahmer, Jayme Anderson and coaches Rick Filion and Larry Dahmer.