Knights wrap up regular season in second place

By Larry Moko

They’re Rymal rivals on the West Mountain.

St. Thomas More and Bishop Tonnos Catholic secondary schools — both located adjacent to the Rymal/Garner Road thoroughfare and separated by just seven kilometres – played each other on the final night of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior girls’ basketball regular-season schedule Tuesday.

The visiting St. Thomas More Knights got the victory, 48-35, over the Tonnos Titans. And that left the second-place Knights with a 10-2 record, while the Titans, at 7-5, finished third in the seven-team league.

Quarter-final playoffs begin Thursday, with the first-place Cardinal Newman Cardinals receiving an opening-round bye.

“It’s always a rivalry when two West Mountain teams go head to in any sport,” More coach Ralph Bozzo said. “Basketball is no exception.

“We wanted this win.”

Alessandra Chiarot netted a game-high 10 points for More. Alliasen Miscione contributed nine points, while Emily Capretta and Trudi Vaughan added six apiece.

Deanna Mataseje and Adrianna Van Berkel led Tonnos with eight points apiece. Tessa Marras and Alexandra Urban chipped in with six each.

“Other than a couple of lapses, we played well defensively,” the More coach said, “And we started to take it to them offensively.”

The Knights held a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter until the outside shooting of the Titans finally began to find the mark. Up until that point, Tonnos had only scored on a layup and free throws, going 1-for-14 from the field.

Tonnos rallied impressively before the intermission, however, draining 5-of-6 outside shots, including four three-pointers (two by Mataseje, and one apiece by Marras and Van Berkel).

“That was almost a game changer,” Bozzo said. “The four threes shifted momentum their way.”

Tonnos trailed 25-20 at the half but took a 27-26 lead when Jacqueline Urban scored on a layup after receiving a feed from Mataseje in the lane.

Leading only 29-27, More scored 12 unanswered points to begin the final quarter. Capretta, a Grade 10 guard, was key during that run, scoring six points and pulling down a defensive rebound.

Said Bozzo: “Emily was a spark at the beginning of the fourth quarter. She really turned the game our way.”

Tonnos coach Mike DiFederico said the Knights are a tough, physical team. “We went down early, but we don’t quit,” he said. “They made a run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

In other senior action, the Cardinal Newman Cardinals completed an undefeated season with a 49-40 victory over the St. Mary Crusaders. Semifinals are Monday with the final scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at McMaster’s Burridge Gym. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

In a recent junior basketball tournament involving Tonnos and More at More, the Titans captured the consolation championship.

Source: Marnie Jadon

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