Jen Abella led the Mohawk Mountaineers to a 64-50 OCAA quarter-final victory over the Durham Lords.
The Mountaineers will play the Humber Hawks in a semi-final on Friday at 8 p.m. at the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre at Mohawk College’s Fennel campus.
Abella led all scorers with 16 points and added 3 assists. Jen’s sister Rachelle led the game with five assists. Kauri LaFontaine was named player of the game for Durham, scoring a team high 12 points.
Five different players made three-point shots in the first quarter for Mohawk.
To start the second quarter, the Mountaineers implemented a full-court press and got in the way of Durham’s cross-court pass attempts to hold the Lords to just six points in the period. Mohawk also turned their good defence into offence, finding more ways to score than just behind the arc. Offensive rebounds and a good transition game helped the Mountaineers pull ahead 37-20 at the halftime break.
Durham started to press on defence to start the third quarter and slowly crept back into the game after a couple of forced turnovers. Mohawk adjusted, however, and was able to pass around the pressure to hang onto an eight-point third quarter lead.
Mohawk’s defence continued to stifle the Lords offence in the fourth quarter, getting their arms into the passing lanes, causing tipped passes and forcing turnovers.
The St. Clair Saints play the Algonquin Thunder in the other semi-final at 6 p.m.
St. Lawrence meets Fanshawe at 1 p.m. while Durham takes on Sheridan at 3 p.m. Friday in the bronze medal pool.