The Ancaster Magic Atom girls recently participated in their first full tournament of the year as they look to build on their exciting season from last year.
The team is competing at a higher level than last year, so expect to see tougher and tougher teams at their various tournaments.
Most recently, the weekend got off to a challenging start, where the girls played hard, but fell short to Niagara. In the second game against Sudbury, the girls pulled off a 16 point victory with an intense full court press and a flying defence. This was followed by another victory, against Kitchener.
The two victories meant the girls now controlled their own destinies. If they won their game Sunday morning, they would make it to the gold-medal round. The girls took the court and won in convincing style against an overmatched Guelph team.
The gold medal game was a rematch against a refocused and revitalized Sudbury team. The pace was blistering, both teams flying up and down the court. With 20 seconds left, Sudbury hit a hook shot from the corner to grab a one point lead. Things looked grim for the Magic, but then with 12 seconds left Ancaster hit a free throw to tie the game. They then stole the ball on a full court press, and with just five seconds left, hit a free throw once again to take the lead. The final whistle blew, and the crowd erupted with screams and celebration.
Coaches Liza Sibbald, Tony Sibbald and Chris D’Angela are very proud of the players.