Dominant second half lifts Semiahmoo to victory
The first game on the winner’s side of the bracket had the Semiahmoo Totems take on the Brookswood Bobcats. Although Brookswood managed to scratch and claw their way to a lead after the first quarter, Semiahmoo were dominant the rest of the way eventually winning 87-56.
“We talked about attacking more, and our legs looked a bit fresher” said Semiahmoo head coach Alison McNeill after the game on what changed for her team after the first half. “They had a tough game, and we had a tough game too, but the pace was a bit slower. [. . . ] I thought we had a bit more in rush, so so tried to push the tempo a bit more.”
Semiahmoo began this game with plenty of chances, much of them due to the rebounding of Faith Dut. They were down 8-4 early, but a big three point play from Dut brought them close. They eventually tied it at ten, before Jenna Dick gave Brookswood the lead from deep and then extended it via a beautiful stretch pass. They ended the quarter on a 7-2 run and lead by five.
Things changed in the second quarter, as Semiahmoo scored 13 straight points to swing in
the lead in their favour. The Totems led by as much as 11 before the Bobcats cut the lead slightly before half. Deja Lee of Semiahmoo led all players in the first half with eight points.
The second half was all Semiahmoo, as they outscored Brookswood twenty-six to ten. A big part of that was Izzy Forsyth. After shooting below 20% from the field in the first half, she made a number of big shots, including a three to answer Jenna Dick’s three. The fourth was much of the same, as Brookswood was unable to deal with the inside presence of both Faith Dut and Izzy Forsyth.
Deja Led led all players in scoring, finishing with 26 points and going 50% from distance. Izzy Forsyth had 22 points and seven rebounds. For Brookswood, Jenna Dick had 18 points.
Written By: Nick Bondi