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Lo-Ellen Prep climb their way to .500

Undefeated run in December gets Knights back on track
The Lo-Ellen Park Prep Knights have rallied to a 7-7 in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association record thanks to a five game win streak that started in December. (File)

The Lo-Ellen Park Prep Knights had their five game winning streak in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association snapped earlier this month, but it would take less than a week to start a new stretch.

Coming off an undefeated 3-0 league run in December, the Knights started the new year right where they left off in the old one, recording a 61-47 win over the Louis-Riel Rebelles.

A near dead-even opening quarter would give way to a nice run for the visitors in the second period in the nation's capital, with Lo-Ellen leading 28-18 at the half, a margin they pretty much maintained right through until the end of the game.

Emilie Lafond led all scorers with 14 points, as the Knights distributed the ball extremely well, leading to no less than six other players finishing with five points or more (Abby Frick and Shannon Clarke with seven; Aneisha Rismond and Claudia Pellerin-Olutayo with six; Delaney Bourget and Dylann Mazzuchin with five).

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the high-flying Capitol Courts crew made sure of that, posting an emphatic 91-43 victory over the northern reps to improve their record to 11-2 on the season.

Emilie Lafond (14 pts) and Claudia Pellerin-Olutayo (11) were the only two members of the Knights who enjoyed a degree of consistent offensive success against a very tough defensive squad in Ottawa.

Still on the road one week later in Oshawa, the Knights bolted out of the gates, setting the tone early en route to a 66-55 win over Durham Elite. Lafond continued to give opponents fits on the inside, netting 21 points for Lo-Ellen.

And when Durham did manage to shutdown the local talent, teammates Aneisha Rismond (8), Kyanna Thompson (8), Claudia Pellerin-Olutayo (8), Sami Dunlop-Bassett (7) and Delaney Bourget (7) were more than happy to join the frey.

With the latest results, coach Jen Bourget and company have now improved to 7-7 on the year, and this despite losing their first five games out of the gates. The team's remaining four games are split evenly between home and road affairs, closing out regular season play.

This coming weekend, the Knights are back in the GTA for match-ups against Crestwood (14-0) and King's Christian Collegiate (11-2), returning home on Feb. 8 and 9 to face the 1-10 Louis-Riel Rebelles (Friday - 5p.m. - at LOE) and 9-3 Bill Crothers Secondary School (Saturday - 1 p.m. - at LOE).