Senior night at St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence Lions basketball teams honored their graduating players last weekend as their AAA Women, AA Men and AA Women’s teams played their final home game of the 2008-09 season.

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Photo: St. Lawrence

Left to right: Valerie Delisle, Derick Prudhommeaux and Stéphanie Frenette-Blais receiving their plaques before Friday night's game.

First on Friday night, the Lady Lions were hosts to the Vanier Cheetahs.  This game was the final game in the St. Lawrence uniform for third-year players Stéphanie Frenette-Blais and Valerie Delisle, and also the last game of head coach, Derick Prudhommeaux, who is stepping down at the end of the season.  The Lady Lions played an inspired game, lead once again by their captain.  Stéphanie Frenette-Blais, who will be attending the University of Maine next fall, played her heart out on Friday night, wanting nothing but a win for herself, her teammates and her coach.  She led her team by scoring 20 points and being the gritty defender she always is.  The Lady Lions were in front for most of the game, leading by as much as 8 points in the third quarter, but the Cheetahs proved to be too much, outscoring St. Lawrence 30-20 in the last quarter.  Catherine Morin-Dandois (13) and Valérie Delisle (12) were the other top scorers for the Lady Lions.

On Sunday, both AA Basketball teams were hosting Rivière-du-Loup in the final doubleheader of the season.  Elizabeth Bourget-Duclos, Julie Dorion, and Laurence Martineau were playing their final game for the women’s team, while Gailan Claveau, Jonathan Déry and René-Pier Mathieu did the same for the men’s team.  In the first game, the women struggled a little in the first half, but were still ahead by 4 points at halftime.  The visitors tied up the score at the beginning of the second half, but the Lady Lions then went on an 18-4 run to take a 14 point lead and had control of the game from then on.  The final score was 86-61.  Laurence Martineau led the way with 26 points.  Josee-Odile Tsogo (18), Julie Dorion (10) and Marie-Pierre Harvey (10) were the other top scorers for St. Lawrence.  In the second game, the Lions started the game with a bang, taking an 18-4 lead in the first 5 minutes.  The Lions had control of the whole game as the final score of 105-71 demonstrates.  René-Pier Mathieu left his mark on the college during this game, scoring a school record 58 points in the game.  He was a dominant force scoring from inside and outside as well as controlling the boards.  Shawn Bélanger (16) and Jonathan Déry (11) also contributed to the victory.  The men‘s team will now be heading to Trois-Rivieres for the North-East conference championships on the weekend of March 14th , where they will be battling for an access to the Provincial Championships.