Three fifth-year players have been the team’s leaders
By Pat Payton
The St. Marys DCVI Senior girls basketball team is off to a strong start in Huron-Perth Conference action.
After games last week, the Sr. Salukis sit with a 3-1 won-loss record–good for a third-place tie with Goderich Vikings in the H-P standings.
Salukis, who are coached by Gregg Blackler and Monica Ryan, started their regular schedule with a 37-19 victory over Listowel Lightning and a 57-21 win over South Huron Panthers.
In the home-court win over the Panthers, guard Abbey Thorup led the way with 24 points. Nathalie Bettger added 16 points and Amy Waymouth nine more.
Doubleheader at home
Last Wednesday, the DCVI girls hoops teams hosted St. Anne’s Eagles from Clinton and the Northwestern Huskies from Stratford.
In their morning game, Salukis easily defeated St. Anne’s 41-13.
Abbey Thorup poured in 20 first-half points, and finished with 25 to lead St. Marys in scoring. Amy Waymouth hit the team’s only three-pointer on her way to a nine-point outing. Aimee King, who missed much of last season due to injury, continues to look strong and finished with seven points.
In the afternoon, the Senior girls suffered their first league loss, 47-27, at the hands of the undefeated Huskies (4-0).
Using an effective fast-break, Northwestern led 13-7 after the first quarter, 30-12 at half-time and 40-21 going into the final eight minutes.
St. Marys had a difficult time containing the hot shooting and playmaking of Huskies’ guard Tatum James, who finished with 12 points and had several assists.
Abbey Thorup, who drew a lot of attention from the visitors when she had the ball, scored a game-high 15 points for Salukis. Nine of her points came in the second half. Ava Bettger added six points and Amy Waymouth five. Waymouth was a perfect 3-for-3 from the foul line.
Short bench against Huskies
“We had three easier games before today’s game against Northwestern, so it was hard to prepare for the intensity that Northwestern was going to bring . . . especially when we only have six healthy players right now,” coach Ryan told the Independent.
“And in practice, it’s been difficult to even have a three-on-three scrimmage. We’ve been bringing in some boys from the school to scrimmage with the team once a week.”
Two of the DCVI Senior players have been sidelined with wisdom teeth issues, Ryan pointed out.
The coach said the team’s three fifth-year players–Abbey Thorup, Nathalie Bettger and Aimee King–have been “the leaders” for the Salukis. “Our next two starters are in Grade 10 and 11,” she noted.
Coach Ryan says Stratford St. Mikes (5-0) and Northwestern, currently first and second, will be the two toughest opponents in the conference.
This week, the Senior and Junior girls play Central Huron and Wingham F.E. Madill in Clinton.
After last Wednesday’s games, the Junior Salukis (0-3) remain winless after losing to both St. Anne’s and Northwestern.
Note: The DCVI Senior girls are entered in the St. Mikes Invitational tournament this weekend,Oct. 12-13.