Griffins get the best of Cascades for second straight night


The MacEwan Griffins completed a weekend sweep of the UFV Cascades in women’s basketball action on Saturday evening, winning 75-58 in Abbotsford.

Kelly O’Hallahan led the charge for the Griffins, racking up 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Megan Wood and Kendall Lydon chipped in with 17 points apiece as MacEwan (6-2) solidified its grip on second place in the Explorers Division of Canada West.

Fifth-year centre Sarah Wierks (15 points, 12 rebounds) and sophomore guard Hailey Kendall (11 points, 10 boards) both posted double-doubles for the Cascades, who fell to 4-4 and sit third in the Explorers Division.

It was the last game of the semester for both teams, and they return to regular season action in January. The Cascades host the Mount Royal Cougars Jan. 9-10.

UFV was missing veteran starters Nataliia Gavryliuk and Katie Brink due to injury both nights vs. MacEwan, and were coming off a 77-48 loss in Friday’s opener.

“I thought tonight we had some people kind of step up to the plate a little bit and learn to play a little bit tougher,” said Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer.

“I think a weekend like this, as hard as the results are to take, it’s a great opportunity for some of our younger kids and some of our kids who haven’t played a lot of minutes for us this year to get their feet wet. I saw Hailey Kendall rise to the occasion a little bit here tonight and really get gritty and get tough. Dani Vanbergen came in and I thought played some good minutes for us. I think it’ll serve us well down the road.”

Fifth-year point guard Celeste Dyck chipped in with 11 points and five assists for the Cascades, while Kaitlyn McDonald hit a trio of shots from beyond the arc to finish with nine points.

“We have a lot to work on over the Christmas break,” Kendall said.

“But we were definitely getting after it a lot more than last game. They were much more aggressive than we were the first night, and then tonight we kind of came out and answered them a little bit.”

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