BASKETBALL. The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team advanced to the finals of the Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile.
In the semifinals on Thursday night, the Canadians registered a crushing victory against Argentina, 76-36. Saint-Germain-de-Grantham’s Élodie Tessier led the way with ten points, three assists and two rebounds. Alberta’s Arinn Young set a personal best with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Quebecers Cindy Ouellet (18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds) and Rosalie Lalonde (ten points) also contributed to the team’s success.
“It’s wonderful, honestly! We wanted to finish strong against Argentina, said British-Columbian Tara Llanes. We tried different courses and worked on things that are a little new to us. We’re just trying to find our rhythm at the moment, so we’re happy to have this game in the bag.”
Leading 21-8 after one quarter and 47-20 at halftime, Canada extended the lead to 65-26 in the third quarter.
Team Canada will participate in Friday night’s gold medal game against the United States. The winning team will win a place at the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024, thereby avoiding the final qualifying match. As a reminder, Canada won gold at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.
“The rivalry is something to be expected,” Arinn Young said. The United States has some incredibly gifted and talented athletes. I can shoot from the inside as well as from the outside. So it will be very stimulating. It will be a big challenge, but we are really looking forward to it.”
Like the Canadians, the Americans are undefeated since the start of the tournament. (JH)