AA women lose two in a row, ending their previous three game winning streak
by Audrey Nolin-Sotiriadis
Dawson’s AA women’s basketball team lost a nail biter to the Val d’Or Météores by a score of 64-59 at home last Sunday.
Val d’Or sealed the match with 13 seconds left in the game, with a clutch basket that put the game out of reach.
Both teams started the game by playing tight defence and as a result, scoring opportunities were rare. Val d’Or controlled the boards and eventually took a five point lead early in the first quarter. However, Dawson was able to bounce back as the quarter ended 13-12 in favour of the Blues.
In the early minutes of the second quarter, several Dawson turnovers allowed Val d’Or to regain the lead,. However, Dawson was able to get back in the game thanks to Courtney Connor’s free throw that she made after she was fouled on a successful lay-up attempt.
Dawson’s rebounding game improved during the second quarter, with Angelia Mercier setting the tone early.
Dawson attempted to shut down Val d’Or’s offence near the end of the second quarter, but failed to stop the Météores, as they easily advanced out of their own zone and into the Blues’ territory. The Lady Blues committed a few clumsy fouls during their double teaming efforts on Val d’Or’s throw-ins throughout the game. This, and Val d’Or’s own full court press helped the Météores come back and take a 31-28 lead at half-time.
“We definitely have things to work on for the second half,” said Météores’ head coach Patrick Lavoie.
Val d’Or opened-up the second half with a three point shot which increased their lead to 34-28. Dawson fought back with a three point shot of their own and then took advantage of turnovers, which allowed Haley McKitterick to make a three point shot only a few minutes later.
Mid-way through the third quarter, both teams’ offence picked up, as the third quarter ended 44-46 in favour of Val d’Or.
Val d’Or jumped out to a six point lead going into the ninth minute of the fourth quarter, but Dawson managed to tie the game 50-50 at the seven minute mark thanks to the rebounding and scoring efforts of Mercier.