There was an upset Thursday night as the No. 4-seeded Glenlawn Lions varsity girls basketball team handed the No. 1 Westwood Warriors their first loss of the season in semifinal action at the Duckworth Centre.
With five players scoring in double-digits and national junior team prospect Emily Potter putting up a double-double, Glenlawn defeated Westwood 65-58 in the first semifinal of the 2012 Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championship.
Glenlawn will meet the Oak Park Raiders in the final on Monday at 6 p.m. Oak Park, seeded second, defeated the No. 3-seed Fort Richmond Centurions 56-41 in the second semifinal Thursday.
In the Glenlawn win, Potter had 20 rebounds and scored 13 points despite not playing the second quarter after she had three fouls in the first nine minutes of the game. Grade 11 forward Laura McManes, who came off the Lions' bench to replace Potter, was kept in for the rest of the game by head coach Bryan Kornberger.
"It is (an upset), we played them earlier in the season but everything changes at the end of the season," said McManes, who scored 11 points. "I think they had a lot more pressure going undefeated into the semifinal and we had nothing to lose."
Glenlawn was making its first appearance in five years in the semifinals. Westwood had a 29-0 record coming into the game.
"It was a great season, going undefeated and having that success, but we're extremely proud of ourselves. Not many teams can say they had an undefeated season, it sucks to lose it in the end," said Westwood's Grade 12 forward Lauren Anderson, who led all players with 21 points. "Usually we move the ball way more, we're more aggressive on defence and that just didn't come out today."
Glenlawn, which out-rebounded Westwood 51-42, had some key steals that turned into buckets on fast-break layups and guard Celecia Luckwell went 7-for-10 at the free-throw line to keep the Lions in control of the game.
Westwood's true Warrior was assistant coach Kelly Whenham, who has battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since last July. She endured six months of treatment and found out last Monday she is in complete remission.
"Without Sarah and these girls, I can't see the outcome being the same," said Whenham, 30, in her second season with head coach Sarah Lundgren. "They keep telling me I was an inspiration to them but it was these girls who inspired me. These girls just pulled me right through."
Thursday (girls' semifinals)
Glenlawn 65 Westwood 58
Glenlawn: Lauren Anderson, 21 points; Nikki Majewski, 17; Mariah Barbosa 13.
Westwood: Kiara Hazell, 14; Emily Potter, 13; Celecia Luckwell, 13.
Oak Park 56 Fort Richmond 41
Oak Park: Kerrilyn MacLennan, 14; Jenilyn Monton, 10; Emma Ridd, 9.
Fort Richmond: Brooke Pattyn, 12, Megan Noonan, 9; Edith Kamabu, 8.
Today (boys' semifinals)
Garden City (1) vs. Kelvin (4), 6 p.m.
John Taylor (3) vs. St. Paul's (2), 8 p.m.