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Despite scare, Regi completes perfect regular season

October 29, 2014

La Salle Black Knights did what no team has done this year: They got close to the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers.

Ultimately it didn’t much matter—the Panthers prevailed 42-39 over La Salle on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls AAA basketball season—but La Salle’s achievement was remarkable for a couple of reasons.

Not only was that the most points scored against Regi in a game all year, it was also the closest anybody had come to the undefeated Panthers. Only one team had ended a game with Regi this year less than 20 points down—the Holy Cross Crusaders, who were beaten 48-37 when the teams first met Oct. 2.

Before Tuesday, Regi’s average margin of victory had been 24.8 points. In their previous meeting, the Panthers had dumped La Salle 43-14 on Oct. 7.

Bridget Mulholland scored 10 points to lead Regi, which jumped to a big first-quarter lead but almost frittered it away.

“(We) managed to hold on,” Panthers coach Lesley Stevenson wrote in an email, “but poor shot selection and lazy defence allowed the Knights to make a comeback.”

La Salle’s Lilie Dixon, with 14 points, and Jamie Mumby, with 13, were the top scorers in the game.

Elsewhere Tuesday:

The Frontenac Falcons needed double overtime to dispose of the Sydenham Golden Eagles, 40-36, and Holy Cross finished the year 8-2 with a 43-25 win over the Blazers at Bayridge. Frontenac finished the year by winning four of its last six games, after an 0-4 start.

In a senior B game, the Loyalist Lancers defeated the Granite Ridge Gryphons 46-18 to finish tied atop the division standings at 9-1 with the Kingston Blues. Since the teams split the season series, a coin flip was required to break the tie and it was won by LC.

Thursday, Loyalist and KC will enter qualification play with the bottom two senior AAA teams, Sydenham, 2-8, and Bayridge, 1-9, at neutral sites. Loyalist will play Bayridge at Queen Elizabeth, while KC will face Sydenham at LC.

The outcomes of those teams will determine positions five through eight for quarter-final play that will begin Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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