Wednesday, November 15th saw the Niagara Knights women's basketball program improve to 4-2 with a hard fought 74-70 road victory over the Redeemer Royals.
"Full credit to Redeemer tonight for taking the game to us, they played really well" said Knights women's basketball head coach Mike Beccaria. "It was not however a good night for us particularly on the defensive end. However, it's always good to win get a win when you are not at your best."
The Knights were carried offensively by fourth year forward Mary Ingribelli. The St. Catharines native turned in one of the best games of her career finishing with a season high 27 points while also adding a game high 11 rebounds. Ingribelli is off to a fantastic start in 2017, averaging 17.5 points per game, the second most in the OCAA West.
"Mary had an awesome game offensively and on the glass" added Beccaria. "She led us with 27 points, including a clutch three to seal the win."
The Knights led by 11 in the early stages of the fourth quarter. A 10-0 run by the Royals quickly erased the deficit and saw the team fall behind for the first time in the second half. Ingribelli drilled a trio of three pointers in the dying minutes, nine of the teams final 11 points, to help the Knights secure the victory.
Veteran point guard Courtney Kylik (Fonthill) filled the stat sheet to the tune of 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Rookie forward Brooke Cesar (Brantford) continued her solid play finishing with 11 points, while reigning athlete of the week Tianna Stys added 10.
The win moves the Knights into a tie for third place in the ultra competitive OCAA West Division. The team will have a full week's rest before travelling to Kitchener on November 22nd to take on the Conestoga Condors.