Written by Stuart Mittlestead, Carson Grad 2006
Lord Byng in red, faced the home team Argyle Pipers in white, at 2:15 on this foggy Thursday afternoon. It was a loud crowd at Argyle Secondary, as students attended the "Spirit Game" to cheer on their classmates. They were led by their Piper mascot dressed in a green tartan kilt and thumping on a drum!
The first quarter showcased quick ball movement and physical defence. With their deep bench of 7 ladies, Argyle's coach was making quick subs to keep everyone fresh. #15 for the red team was showing great hustle. Barker was rewarded for her efforts when she drained a layup and went to the line to make it a 3 point play. 10-7 Byng. For Argyle, the grade 11, Lauren Parr was showing heart while creating turnovers and converting key lay-ups. The quarter ended with Lord Byng up by 4, 16-12.
The second quarter was the Georgia show. Georgia Swant took over for Argyle, draining 3 attempts from behind the arc. Look for her in your college programs next year as she goes up the hill to SFU. Lord Byng was struggling to find an answer for Argyle’s long ball. Swant led her team to 19-6 run in the quarter and at the half it was Argyle 31, Lord Byng 21.
The second half opened with strong rebounding and defensive effort led by Barker in red and Mellinghaus in white. The grade 10, Ella Mellinghaus, was using her 6'1" frame to her advantage on both sides of the court. She looks to be a stalwart of the Pipers program for years to come. Midway through the frame, Macdonald of Lord Byng converted two 3 pointers to close the gap to 15. The 3rd quarter closed with a score of 55-35 for Argyle.
The 4th quarter started slowly with Argyle protecting their lead and Lord Byng digging deep to close the gap. #23 Daleon for Lord Byng came off the bench to hit nothing-but-net, twice from long range. Once again, it was Macdonald in red who took a fast break to finish a 7-0 run for Lord Byng. With the score 44-59, the Byng fans wondered if the comeback was possible. Alas it was not and the final few minutes were played hard and to the final whistle.
The buzzer sounded with the scoreboard reading 62-47 for the home team. It was an entertaining and hard fought performance by both teams. As the refs can attest, these girls were role models of great sportsmanship today. Tomorrow, Lord Byng will play Sturgeon Heights, while Argyle will face their rivals from across Lonsdale avenue in Handsworth.