The St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints came out guns blazing in the final matchup of the night against the Okanagan Mission Huskies.
Jessica Clarke utilized her size to make crucial blocks. She dominated the first half with 22 points.
This back-forth-game showcased two teams who truly wanted a win. The Huskies came back from an early 12-point deficit to tie their opponents, but it was the Fighting Saints who lead 29-27 heading into the second half.
Clarke held her own in the paint, continuing to sink her layups and adding double digit points for STA.
The third held a bit of controversy, however, as the crowd began to question the calls made by the refs. Foul trouble by OKM created more chances for points on the scoreboard, giving the Saints as high as an eight-point lead.
Okanagan bit back for their own 8 points within one minute of play, trailing by only 5 at the end of the quarter.
Huskies’ Jenna Robinson sunk a crucial 3 to kick off the fourth, but sadly the team could not out-mush the Fighting Saints in the following minutes.
St. Thomas Aquinas sent Okanagan Mission packing with a final score of 64-56.
Not surprisingly, star guard Jessica Clarke was named player of the game with 22 points.
Head coach John Prescott had this to say after the game:
“We knew coming into this game that OKM played very up-tempo. They play very similar to us. I think they even hit 17 threes, so I think this was a big win for the girls tonight as we kept it together defensively.”
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Written by: Crystal Scuor