The Gemini U13 bantam girls struck bronze at the MUMBA Invitational basketball tournament in Markham on the weekend.
The Gemini girls started against the York North Avengers Saturday morning and opened with a 28-21 win. This was a true team effort with most of the girls adding to the score. Jenn Demaree led scorning with eight points, Abigail Helsdon added five, Rachel Fody added three and one basket each came from Aliyah Bailey, Hannah Lasook, Jaden Stockmans, Jordan Oliver and Maddy Cluett.
Tillsonburg reinforced that a small town with a big basketball past can still play with the city, defeating the host MUMBA team 21-7 for their second win against a Toronto team. Fody was the leading point getter with 11, followed by Bailey with four and two each from Demaree, Helsdon and Cluett.
Toronto King Nation was the Gems largest challenge of the weekend in more ways than one. The AA team – playing A teams in the round robin – literally towered over Tillsonburg with most of the Toronto girls approaching the 6-foot mark. Tillsonburg points came from Bailey 7, Helsdon 6, Demaree 4 and Fody 4.
In their final game of round robin, Tillsonburg was down two players due to injuries against a familiar Dundas team. Tillsonburg trailed 9-1 at the end of the first quarter to set the tone for the game. The final score was 30-5 for Dundas with Gemini points coming from Helsdon 4 and Bailey 1.
With Tillsonburg and Dundas tied in round robin, the loss sent the Gemini to the bronze game against MUMBA and Dundas to the gold medal game. MUMBA was first on the board, but the Gemini pulled in front and didn’t look back, leading 12-7 at the half. Tillsonburg was on fire in the second half, finishing the game with a 27-9 advantage. Fody led the scoring parade with nine points. Helsdon followed with eight and Bailey with six. Demaree and Oliver both netted a single basket each.
“The entire team has been working really hard and all the coaches are proud of the win,” said coach Cheryl Fody. “Tight defense was played by (Jaden) Stockmans, (Emily) Vandevyvere and (Maddy) Cluett in the last game.”