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Ontario Basketball is pleased to announce the rosters for the 2017 Team Ontario Girls.

Almost 400 athletes attended open tryouts across the province in January and early February. The top players from open tryouts were invited to participate in a final tryout weekend. The best of the U17 Girls came together on February 24 and 25 in Whitby, and the top U15 Girls assembled on March 11 and 12 in Toronto.

The U15 team features 10 returning players, including Merissah Russell, who was named a Second Team All-Star last summer at the Canada Basketball National Championships. The team is led by a veteran coaching staff with head coach Fabienne Blizzard at the helm again supported by returning assistant coaches Lexie Sananes and Michelle Abella.

Head Coach Blizzard was impressed with the talent displayed at the final tryout, “The talent level was beyond what we have seen in the past. Kudos to the Ontario coaches for their continued support of our young athletes. The future is bright.”

The U15 team will head to Saskatchewan this summer to compete at the 2017 Canada Basketball National Championships at the University of Regina from July 24–29. They will be looking for a spot in the gold medal game after their bronze medal finish last year.

The U17 Girls team has a strong roster with 18 returning athletes, including Laeticia Amihere and Christina Morra, who earned All-Star nods for the First and Second Team, respectively, at the 2016 National Championships. They are joined by Makayla Ennis, a U15 First Team All-Star at Nationals last summer.

The U17 team has a similar coaching staff as last year with returning head coach, Christa Eniojukan, and assistant coach, Karen Bremner, plus the addition of assistant coach Lee Anna Osei.

Head Coach Eniojukan commented, "The final tryout comprised of a very talented group of female ballers. There was significant depth in each position. The 24 girls chosen to represent Team Ontario will do so with top-notch skill and basketball understanding. We look forward to building on the girls’ strengths, representing at our various competitions and finishing the summer off at the much anticipated Canada Summer Games."

The 2017 Canada Summer Games take place in Winnipeg from July 29 to August 3. The U17 Girls will be the team to beat—not only did they earn gold at the National Championships last summer, but they are the Canada Summer Games defending champions; the team finished first at the last Canada Summer Games hosted in Quebec in 2013.

In preparation for the Games, the U17 Girls will compete at the Boo Williams Girls’ Nike Invitational in Hampton, Virginia in April, Montreal’s SLAM Summer Challenge in June, and the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago at the beginning of July.

The full team rosters and coaching staff are listed below.

Team Ontario: U15 Girls
Isaline Alexander*
Lauren Audino
Katie Butts
Jamilah Christian
Ashanti Christian
Ciante Downs*
Kayla Drummond*
Lashae Dwyer
Aaliyah Edwards*
Lauren Foullong
Isabella Gaudet*
Jada Grannum*
Quin Hardy
Katie Hartman
Abigail Jegede
Cassie Joli Couer
Rebecca Marzan-Demeke*
Beloti Mbokoli
Merissah Russell*
Lilia Skumatov
Teah Stupar
Willo Thomas
Maryama Turkstra*
Hayley Woods
Callie Wright*
Izabella Zingaro

Head Coach: Fabienne Blizzard
Assistant Coach: Lexie Sananes
Assistant Coach: Michelle Abella

Team Ontario: U17 Girls
Laeticia Amihere*
Sarai Bailey*
Ketura Balabyekkubo*
Julia Chadwick*
Peyton Connolly
Savannah Day
Micah Dennis
Andrea Dodig*
Laura Donovan*
Makayla Ennis*
Taylor Featherstone*
Kaillie Hall*
Xianna Josephs
Kate Moran*
Christina Morra*
Mackenzie Obermayer*
Kylee-Ann O'Hara*
Mide Oriyomi*
Jessica Reid*
Alana Renon
Keahna Riley*
Keanna Samuels
Keishana Washington*
Aerial Wilson*

Head Coach: Christa Eniojukan
Assistant Coach: Karen Bremner
Assistant Coach: Lee Anna Osei

*Returning player

In addition to making the Team Ontario roster, 17 Team Ontario athletes were also recently invited to the Canada Basketball women’s national age-group assessment camp.

Any questions regarding Team Ontario Girls should be directed to the appropriate head coach:

U15: Fabienne Blizzard
U17: Christa Eniojukan

About Team Ontario
Team Ontario consists of the top male and female basketball players in the province in the U15 and U17 age categories, and the teams are a continual medal favourite at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships. Team Ontario’s coaching staff also represents some of the top coaches in Ontario. Between the four teams, Team Ontario has won gold at nearly 75% of the national championships since 2002.

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