Lady Blues defend provincial title

AAA women defeat Sainte-Foy as they win gold medal at the provincials

by Michael  Downs

Different year, different venue, same result.

In front of a full crowd at Ahuntsic, the Dawson Lady Blues defeated the Sainte-Foy Dynamiques 76-69 in the provincial gold medal game for the second consecutive year.

As expected, the excitement in the air was almost palpable at tip-off as fans of both teams created a somewhat tense and very loud atmosphere in the gym.

The Dynamiques came out strong, as they opened the game up with a quick 7-2 run only to have the Blues respond with an 8-1 run of their own to take an early 10-8 lead. Things continued to go back and forth as the quarter progressed and the game quickly became a very physical and heated affair. Even though the game remained close, Dawson headed into the second quarter up 21-18.

The Blues really opened the game up in the second quarter, and after an erratic two minutes, Blues forward Marilene Lapierre scored the first basket of the quarter, going coast-to-coast and scoring a lay-up. Lapierre’s basket was quickly followed up by a three pointer from Janice Quintos and an18 foot jump shot by Ashley Clarke.

All of a sudden, the Blues were up 28-18 and appeared to be in firm control of the game. However, Sainte-Foy’s Marilyn Petit scored two quick baskets to cut the lead to four points. The Blues quickly pushed the lead back to 12 points, but the Dynamques quickly brought it back down to eight. By halftime, the score was 42-35 in favor of Dawson.

The Dynamiques started the third quarter strong, cutting into the Blues small lead. Catherine Groleau’s three pointer made it a four point game, the closest Sainte Foy had been since the end of the first quarter. This however, was short-lived as back-to-back three pointers by Genevieve Gaboriault and Ashley Clarke pushed the lead back to nine. As the quarter progressed, the Blues successfully kept Sainte-Foy at bay, as they maintained a comfortable lead. However, the game-changing play that probably broke the Dynamiques resolve was an “and-1” lay-up by Blues forward Richelle Gregoire. Upon receiving the ball, the Blues forward charged the full length of the court and hit a lay-up while being fouled, sending both the Dawson bench and every Blues fan in attendance into an absolute frenzy. The score was 56-43 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, Dawson simply continued to do the things that made them successful: playing hard-nosed defense, getting out in transition and knocking down open shots.  Sainte Foy fought desperately, especially Emilie Cloutier, but their efforts proved futile as the Blues remained poised and disciplined.

As the time on the clock continued to tick, it became increasingly apparent to everyone in attendance that the Blues would repeat as Provincial Champions. Once the final buzzer sounded, that became a reality as the Blues defeated the Dynamique by a final score of 76-69.

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