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Managing the scoreboard in pool round robin play, whether intentional or not, played a significant role in Kingston Impact’s rise to a gold medal in the Ontario Cup U19 junior girls championship tournament on the weekend in Kitchener Waterloo.
Finishing in a three way tie for first place in Division 3’s four team Pool A standings following preliminary play, the Impact gained the top placing and a berth in the gold/silver medal game by posting a better points for/against differential than the other two teams.
The Impact’s lone blemish en route to the title was a close 53 48 loss to Blessed Sacrament Bruzzese in their opener on Friday afternoon. Kingston then went out and downed Toronto Triple Threat 63 44 on Saturday morning and beat North Toronto Sherman 60 44 to wrap up round robin play with a 2 1 record.
Blessed Sacrament and Triple Threat also played to 2 1 records, with both having also beaten North Toronto Sherman, so it came down to a points tie breaker in games between the trio. Kingston had a plus minus of +14; Blessed Sacrament was +1, after having lost 60 56 to Triple Threat; and Triple Threat was 15, mostly due to the 19 point loss suffered to Kingston.
That left Kingston going for gold against Pool B’s top finisher, London CYO Lambert, who went 3 0 in round robin play.
The Impact, who entered the tournament as Division 3’s No. 5 seed and wound up its top team, got past London, the No. 3 seed, 36 32 in the gold/silver match.
Division 3 was for teams ranked 17th to 24th overall heading into the 62 team, eight division tournament.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday at Kingston Tennis Club, the championships have been rescheduled to Friday.
Participants will compete for berths in the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships on Tuesday, May 16, also at Kingston Tennis Club.