Lady Blues move on to the post-season after 33 point win
by Bryan Leblanc
The Lady Blues AAA basketball team outplayed Champlain College en route to a convincing 74-41 victory.
The Lady Blues overwhelmed Champlain to finish the regular season in second place thanks to a solid team effort at home last Friday night.
“It was a good team effort, we did all the little things,” said guard Marilene Lapierre of her team’s stellar performance. “Our rebounding, passes and fast breaks were strong.”
Dawson started strong holding a 19-10 lead over Champlain in the first quarter but closed the half only five points ahead of the ninth place Cavaliers. Guard Marilene Lapierre led the way for Dawson in the first half with 10 points.
In the third quarter, Dawson never looked back from their 28-23 lead doubling their point total from the first half and limiting Champlain to nine points. The 56-32 lead was one that Dawson would never relinquish as they went on a 21-2 point run and outscored Champlain 28-9 in the quarter.
With the win, Dawson pushes into the playoffs with a 17-3 record and a bye into the semi finals. At forward, Richelle Legault led the way for the Blues with 17 points including two 3-pointers back to back in the third quarter.
“We played well as a team,” said Dawson head coach Trevor Williams. “We had good leadership, and we earned this bye into the semis.”
In preparation for the playoffs, Williams is confident that his team is peaking at the right time.
“Consistency is key, we know the competition is going to be tough.”
The stunned Cavaliers, who were led by point guard Laura Emilie Cyr, sunk lower into the standings with a 5-15 record, identical to their record form last season.
The Lady Blues are in action Saturday looking to defend their title after a well-earned rest. The semi-final game will be played at Collège Ahuntsic at noon against the winner from the quarterfinal game.
Montmorency will play Édouard-Montpetit, while Vanier will play Trois-Rivières, the winners will advance to the semi-finals.The Lady Blues will
look to win gold for a second straight year, with the competition being as fierce as ever.