Grizzlies take top honours


OTTAWA (QMI) -- Summer Bly and Marnie Buchanan took home major awards at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women's basketball awards banquet at Algonquin College, Wednesday night.

Bly, a five-foot-11 forward with the Grizzlies, was named the OCAA player of the year. She led her team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals, and recorded nine double-doubles this season. She averaged 15.0 points per game and 9.7 rebounds, while leading the league in blocked shots with 55.

The former Innisdale Invader was selected MVP at the St. Lawrence Invitational tournament and was also named to the OCAA East region first all-star team for the second time in her career.

Buchanan, in her fourth season at the helm of the Grizzlies, was named the OCAA coach of the year.

Buchanan guided Georgian to a 17-6 record overall and an 11-5 conference mark that earned the Grizzlies third place in the OCAA East.

The Grizzlies captured the St. Lawrence Invitational championship in January and lost in the championship final at the Georgian Fall Classic in October. Georgian advanced to the OCAA championships for the first time since 2005-06 with a playoff victory over Fanshawe last Saturday.

Two other Grizzlies were honoured. Senior forward Dana Marley was named to the OCAA East region second all-star team. Marley averaged 12 points per game and 6.4 rebounds and scored a season-high 20 points against Algonquin. The Innisdale graduate is in seventh place on the OCAA women's basketball all-time scoring list with 807 career points and was an all-star at the Fall Classic. It was her second career all-star nod.

Named to the OCAA East region all-rookie team was Courtney Blum. The first-year guard, out of Newmarket, quickly stepped into the Grizzlies' lineup, and established herself as a tough perimeter defender and rebounder.

She averaged 3.4 points per game and 4.2 rebounds and was an all-star at the St. Lawrence Invitational Tournament in January.

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