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Rideau DHS Senior Girls EOSSAA Champs
Rideau DHS Senior Girls EOSSAA Champs
Posted on 11/21/2015

Rideau District High School Lions are

EOSSAA Senior Girls' A Basketball Champs

(Elgin) – They’re a small team in number, but they play big.

The Rideau District High School (RDHS) Lions thrilled the hometown crowd Friday when they defeated the North Grenville District High School Knights 50-29 to take the 2015 Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) Senior Girls' A Basketball Championship. The victory, at the RDHS gymnasium, gained the team a berth at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Senior Girls' A Basketball Championship for the sixth straight year.

While Lions Coach Ron Stenzl said he was happy with the win, he was more pleased at how his team has gelled moving in to OFSAA.

“It’s more about the whole process for me rather than a single victory,” said Stenzl, who traditionally fields a bench of only 8-10 high-calibre players. “The team is peaking at the right time and what I like about this team is that they find ways to win - even when things are tough. They are mentally tough.”

Stenzl said with such a small number on the bench, the team works hard on conditioning so players can keep pace on the floor. That showed in the performance of team leaders such as guards Taylor Bresee, who had 18 points in the final, and Mykaela Mallette, who posted 9.

A standout throughout tournament, and who played a large role in securing the Lions’ spot in the final, was forward Leah Rice. Rice contributed an amazing 77 points throughout the two-day event.

Stenzl conceded another factor in the win was that the Knights were forced to expend their energy in a gruelling overtime victory against École Secondaire Catholique Hawkesbury in their semifinal.

“They were on half a tank of gas coming in and it made a difference,” said Stenzl. “As a team, we had to exploit that and we put a lot of pressure on them and played extremely well across the board.”

Under OFSAA rules, both the first and second-place teams from the EOSSAA tournament will head to the 2015 OFSAA championship November 26-28 in Windsor.

Stenzl said he was pleased that Knights Coach Mike Hoy and the North Grenville squad will join the Lions at this year’s tournament.

“I’m really happy that North Grenville is the other team,” said Stenzl. “I have so much respect for Mike Hoy. We are great friends and I personally do not take a lot of pleasure in beating him, but that’s just the nature of sports.”

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