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La Salle, Regi open basketball season with victories

September 19, 2014

Last year’s two county finalists, the La Salle Black Knights and Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, each opened their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball season with a victory Thursday.

Regi, the defending KASSAA champion, began the season with a 47-21 win at Sydenham, while La Salle defeated the Bayridge Blazers 40-22.

They were the first games played in the league’s new format. Twelve teams are divided into A and B divisions, with Frontenac and Holy Cross joining La Salle, Bayridge, Sydenham and Regi in A division.

Loyalist, Kingston, Queen Elizabeth, Napanee, Granite Ridge and Ernestown will play in B division.

The game went back and forth at La Salle, with the home team taking the early initiative and a 15-6 lead. Bayridge rallied under the direction of point guard Alyssa Platt to close the gap to four points, at 21-17, but the Knights closed the deal with a 19-5 run to end the game.

Lilie Dixon had 11 points for La Salle, while Platt scored nine for Bayridge.

Regi’s defence stifled the Golden Eagles at Sydenham and the Panthers played deep into their bench, as 11 different players scored. Logan Rook led Regi with 14 points, including four three-point baskets, while Annie Kennedy added nine points for the winners.

In B division play, the Loyalist Lancers overcame a one-point halftime deficit to pin a 23-19 win on the Kingston Blues. Playing at KC, Maanik Dhaliwal scored eight points for Loyalist while Bridget Way-Brackenbury added five.


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