The Major Bantam Girls went into the tournament as one of the favourites and didn’t disappoint their fans in the stands playing some exciting and tough basketball.
Game 1 on Friday night was against Ecole St Alexandre Titans, a school team from Gatineau. The game was rough but the Blazers showed their fight, winning 50-31. Player of the game was Nyah Robichaud.
Game 2 saturday afternoon was against an EOBA foe in Nepean Blue Devils. They had played twice this season in close games and the game was very entertaining. The Blazers let most of the way and closed out the game with a dominant paint game. Michelle Olak picked up the player of the game.
Game 3 Saturday night was one the Blazers would like to have back. They came out with no energy or drive and trailed 28-11 at the half. The girls took it upon themselves to rally and get fired up and it worked. They came out on all cylinders and managed to close the game to 1 point in the final minutes. But in the end, Ottawa Next Level took down the Blazers 43-39. Sydney Jardine was voted player of the game in Game 3. The Blazers still finished 1st in pool in the 3 way tie breaker, meaning a matchup with Ottawa Shooting Stars, who were the only team to beat the Blazers before this game.
The Sunday morning semi final was all Blazers as they played their best game of the season taking out OSS 56-24 with the entire team contributing stats. This set up a battle between #1 and #2 in EOBA, Brockville and Gloucester.
The Wolverines came out strong taking a 2 point lead into halftime. The game was back and forth all game with baskets hard to come by. In the fourth quarter, the Blazers took a 4 pt lead but the Wolverines fought back to take the lead with less than a minute to go. The Blazers had to act and react quick but it wasn’t enough as the mainly grade 8 Wolverines beat the Blazers 40-37 for the gold medal. The silver medal represented the Blazers second medal win in a tournament this season.