When you’re good enough to finish first in the regular season, you expect to win the city championship.
That’s surely the way the White Pines Wolverines felt in 2013. They’d finished with a 10-2, regular season win-loss record, good for top spot in the Sault’s Senior Girls High School Basketball League.
Adding to their motivation was the fact one year earlier, with many of the same key players on the Wolverines roster, they dropped the city final 48-40 to St. Mary’s.
Led by standouts Adriane Bruni, who was to win the league’s Referees’ Award for best combining sportsmanship with ability, and Keirstin Olar, White Pines beat Korah 53-32 in the semifinals.
St. Basil, owners of a 9-3 regular season mark, stopped St. Mary’s 34-33 in overtime in the other semi.
Meantime, in the regular season, the Saints won two of three from the Wolverines, prevailing by scores of 32-16 and 43-39. White Pines had prevailed in the other head-to-head matchup, 36-22.