by Brent Sabino

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LADY CHEETAHS CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
FIRST TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR WOMEN’S AAA SQUAD
KRISTIN PORTWINE NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP
March 20 , 2007


It was a memorable weekend for the Vanier College basketball program as the Women’s AAA Cheetahs captured the National Championship with an exciting come-from-behind 82-80 triumph over league rival Édouard-Montpetit at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.

The ladies took full advantage of their first appearance at the National Championships and brought home the gold to their St. Laurent campus.


In the tournament opener last Thursday, the #1 ranked Lady Cheetahs dominated the #8 Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 67-46. Vanier held a 5 point advantage after the first frame and never looked back in this well-earned win.

Kristin Portwine (seen playing at right) held the hot hand for the Lady Cheetahs with 20 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 1 assist and was named Vanier’s Player-of-the-Game for her efforts.

On Friday, the Lady Cheetahs held off the tough Seneca College Sting on their way to a 73-60 semi-final victory, earning them a much-coveted birth in the final. The ladies nailed a few three point shots in the last 5 minutes of the second quarter to take a 32-28 lead at half time. Vanier pulled away from their opponents in the third quarter before the Sting moved to within 4 points but that would be as close as they would come. Anneth Him Lazarenko was honored as the Lady Cheetahs’ Player-of-the-Game with a 17 point, 10 rebounds and 1 assist effort.

In the all-Quebec gold-medal final game on Saturday, the top-ranked Lady Cheetahs showed why they deserved their ranking with an incredible 82-80 win over Édouard-Montpetit, in a game where they trailed by 14 points in the second quarter and were down 49-38 at the half. Vanier intensity grew in the third quarter when they found their rhythm and narrowed the deficit to 4 points. The fourth quarter was a see-saw battle that saw the scored knotted on four different occasions and with Édouard-Montpetit taking a 76-71 with only minutes to play in regulation time. The game ended as Édouard-Montpetit missed two foul shots with 5 seconds remaining in the contest.


Kristin Portwine
TOURNAMENT MVP
Led all players with
.760 shooting average

Kristin Portwine (left) was named Tournament M.V.P. as she shot 19/25 from the floor (76%) and 19/23 (83%) from the free throw line. Anneth Him Lazarenko (right) made the All-Tournament team with 13 points and 13 huge rebounds in the final game.

The gold-medal performance capped off a dream season for the Lady Cheetahs as they earned the #1 ranking in Canada, finished first in the regular season standings, won the school’s first-ever Provincial Championship and then finished it all off with the CCAA National Women’s Basketball Championship.


Anneth Him-Lazarenko
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM

Was 2nd in rebounds
in the tournament

Congratulations on a job well done to the coaches Ruby Viray, Tina Fasone and Mai-Anh Nguyen and the entire Lady Cheetahs team.


For photos from the entire Nationals tournament and Awards banquet, visit this page.


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THE 2006-2007 LADY BASKETBALL CHEETAHS

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CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM

# Name Height Position Year
5
Magalie Beaulieu
5'8
Guard
2
6
Anneth Him Lazarenko
5'11
Forward
2
7
Marie-Pier Brabant
5'2
Guard
2
8
Soumia Abboub
5'7
Guard
3
9
Julia Manacas
5'7
Guard
1
10
Anne Marie Prophete
5'10
Forward
2
11
Marie-Eve Martin
5'8
Guard
1
12
April Hill
5'8
Guard
1
14
Kristin Portwine
5'10
Forward
3
15
Arianne Duchesne
5'8
Guard
2
22
Heather Eason
6'1
Forward
4
24
Jessica Paul
5'10
Forward
1

Head Coach
Ruby Viray
Assistant Coaches
Tina Fasone, Mai-Anh Nguyen
Athletic Director
Linda Macpherson
Therapists
Max Hanna, Jean Paul Raphael