Clash of the Titans

Hamilton’s St. Thomas More Knights and local rival St. Mary’s Crusaders are not just cross town rivals. They are 2 of the best senior girls basketball teams in Ontario. So, it was only fitting that the two powerhouses clashed for the Catholic girls championship game Thursday night at the Burridge gym at McMaster. In the end, the girls from STM, led by star Kia Nurse, edged out a 52-44 win. Here’s a look at the action and celebration. – Barry Gray

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary's Mackenzie Trpcic, left, and Amira Giannatiasio, right, try to pry the ball from STM's Hailey Brown. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary’s Mackenzie Trpcic, left, and Amira Giannatiasio, right, try to pry the ball from STM’s Hailey Brown. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM's Kia Nurse defends a throw in attempt. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM’s Kia Nurse defends a throw in attempt. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary's Halle Bovell falls hard on STM's Erin Burns while fighting for a rebound. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary’s Halle Bovell falls hard on STM’s Erin Burns while fighting for a rebound. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM's Kia Nurse fights through a trio of St. Mary's defenders to try for a shot. hoto by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM’s Kia Nurse fights through a trio of St. Mary’s defenders to try for a shot. hoto by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary's Christina Buttenham is guarded by STM's Kia Nurse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary’s Christina Buttenham is guarded by STM’s Kia Nurse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary's Halle Bovell dribbles hard upcourt. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary’s Halle Bovell dribbles hard upcourt. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary's Hilary Hanaka works hard under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. St. Mary’s Hilary Hanaka works hard under the basket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM's Kia Nurse drives to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM’s Kia Nurse drives to the hoop. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM's Abbey Clark looks to pass while guarded by St.Mary's Halle Bovell. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM’s Abbey Clark looks to pass while guarded by St.Mary’s Halle Bovell. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM players celebrate their victory after the final buzzer sounds. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM players celebrate their victory after the final buzzer sounds. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship.  More's Kia Nurse hugs head coach Blaize DiSabatino following their victory. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07,2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. More’s Kia Nurse hugs head coach Blaize DiSabatino following their victory. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07, 2013 - St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary's in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM captains hoist the championship trophy following their win. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton, Ontario, Thursday, November 07, 2013 – St. Thomas More vs. St. Mary’s in the Catholic senior girls basketball championship. STM captains hoist the championship trophy following their win. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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