The Holland College Hurricanes women’s basketball team has repeated as Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) champs.
The Hurricanes defeated the Crandall Chargers 82-54 in Sunday’s final at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.
The Hurricanes trailed 8-2 early before taking over the contest. A deeper Holland College squad held quarter leads of 25-17, 38-23 and 65-34.
“We got a good jump on them and then we just didn’t let up,” Hurricanes coach Mike Connolly said on the bus on the way home. “We exploited our strength in the post.”
Marvia Dean led the Hurricanes with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Jazlin Barker had 16 points, Jenea Barrett 15 and Candace Smith 10 off the bench. Ashley Moss was named the team’s player of the game after scoring seven points, while recording 12 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four steals.
“In the end it was domination down on the block for us and we had some great guard play too,” Connolly said.
“Our kids came out to play and I was really proud of them today. They had a dominant game.”
Shamera O’Neal had 24 points to pace the Chargers.
Connolly commended Barker for her defensive effort in keeping Kelly Vass, one of the conference’s best players, to seven points on 2-for-15 shooting from the field.
The large lead allowed Connolly to get all his players into the championship game.
The Hurricanes will represent the conference at the Canadian championship at St. Clair College in south-western Ontario from March 16 to 19. It is the Hurricanes third straight trip to the nationals, having placed third in 2015 and tied for fifth in 2014.
“We really do feel it’s our time,” Connolly said. “We’ve got the team to be able to get it done and we’re really looking to take the next step.”