Stoney Creek NYB’s Major Atom girls held an early bird tournament Nov. 23-25 at St. Matthews Catholic Elementary School in Binbrook and came away with a gold medal.
This was the club’s season opening tournament. Stoney Creek added three girls to its roster this season and each had a hand in the team’s success.
Stoney Creek placed second in their pool at 2-1. The team entered Sunday’s semifinal against the Scarborough Blues, the third ranked team in Ontario. Stoney Creek defeated Scarborough 36-33 and went into the final against Dundas Dynamo, a team that averaged 48 points per game in its first three games. Dundas Dynamo had defeated Blessed Sacrament 36-34 in the other semifinal.
The gold medal game was a defensive battle, with Dundas holding a 10-5 lead at the half. Stoney Creek’s first half score was their lowest in two seasons. The team increased its intensity in the second half and capitalized on Dundas turnovers.
Stoney Creek scored 29 second-half points and pulled off a surprising 34-26 win. Melissa Tougher and Karolina Kolodziej were the offensive stars with 11 and six points respectively.
Special mention goes out to newcomer Renata Djuravcevic, who played in her first OBA tournament and was a defensive gem for Stoney Creek. Kirsten Badzioch put in her usual monster effort shutting down players on demand.