Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute lost a close one on the hardcourt to Downsview Secondary School in the Senior Girls Tier 1 City Championship in the Toronto District School Board’s second largest division, 3A.
Though East Region’s Birchmount Park won the tip-off and was first on the scoreboard, North Region’s Downsview won the game 39-34 at the University of Toronto St. George’s Sports Gym on Nov. 16.
Birchmount started the game playing well defensively, pouncing on rebounds, boxing out and keeping Downsview off the scoreboard even though most of the play was kept in it’s end of the court.
The first quarter ended 12-5 in favour of Birchmount.
However, Birchmount’s zone defence wasn’t able to hold up to Downsview’s full-court man-to-man press throughout the duration of the game.
Birchmount Park poked holes in Downsview’s press by using their speed and throwing Hail Mary passes down the court.
The second quarter saw Downsview take the lead for the first time, which it kept for the rest of the game.
In the last quarter, emotions were high and the game got a little rough. Picks were set with dropped shoulders, ball carriers were tripped and outright shoved, and neither team’s players offered or accepted a hand to get up from the floor.
Fans got in on the action, jeering at the other team and trying to disrupt players at the free-throw line as the game wound down.
Downsview finished first in the North region with an undefeated record of 6-0. Birchmount Park finished second with a record of 4-1.
Downsview finished season play with 397 points for and only 72 points scored against. Birchmount Park’s record was 205 for and 144 against.
Birchmount Park finished second in the Tier 1 finals, while Downsview finished first for their respective regions.