Chatham-Kent Wildcats star, and future John McGregor Panthers student Bridget Carleton started her tour of duty as a member of Team Ontario’s basketball roster off on a winning note, helping her team open the tournament with an important 68-34 win over Team Alberta.
Although Carleton did not lead Team Ontario in scoring as she usually does on the courts in Chatham-Kent, the underager, who is 14-years-old while the majority of her teammates and competitors are a full year older, she was playing valuable minutes on the court. Carleton was 3rd on the team in minutes played totalling 20:16 of court time in the game.
In the first half, Carleton knocked down her team’s only 3-pointer and also collected 2 defensive rebounds and an assist. Carleton finished the game with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
In the U-17 championships, two participants with Chatham-Kent ties also enjoyed an opening game win 103-36 with Team Ontario over Prince Edward Island. Former Chatham-Kent Secondary School student Erica McFadden, who moved north this year, was an offensive catalyst for Team Ontario scoring 15 points, which is coached by current Wallaceburg District Secondary School teacher Janine Day.