National Championships Roster Announced for U17 Girls Team Ontario

There’s one week to go until the U17 Girls National Championships tips off on August 6 in Fredericton! Team Ontario has been working hard this summer in preparation with multiple training camps across the province and tournaments in Montreal, Chicago and Washington.

While Team Ontario is the defending champion over Quebec at the last Nationals in 2016, Ontario won silver at the Canada Summer Games last summer behind Quebec.

Team Ontario has a talented roster to help them get to the top of the podium this year with the majority of players competing in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) during the school year.


U17 Girls Team Ontario Roster for 2018 National Championships

Isabella BelvedereBoltonCaledon Basketball Academy (OSBA)
Maggie BesselinkKingstonHoly Cross C.S.S.
Andrea Dodig*BoltonCaledon Basketball Academy (OSBA)
Ciante Downs*MapleBill Crothers (OSBA)
Kayla Drummond*TorontoCrestwood Prep
Isabella Gaudet*OttawaCapital Courts (OSBA)
Kaillie Hall*HamiltonLincoln Prep (OSBA)
Cassandra Joli-Coeur*JohnstownCapital Courts (OSBA)
Emily MartindaleAncasterLincoln Prep (OSBA)
Mide Oriyomi*HamiltonKing’s Christian (OSBA)
Kali PocrnicOakvilleLincoln Prep (OSBA)
Callie Wright*MarkhamBill Crothers (OSBA)
*Returning Team Ontario athlete


Missing from the roster are five top athletes in the province who were named to the U17 Women’s National Team: Rebecca Demeke (Durham Elite), Aaliyah Edwards (Frontenac Secondary School), Makayla Ennis (TRC Academy), Merissah Russell (Capital Courts), and Aerial Wilson (TRC Academy). The players made an impact with the team at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Cup in Belarus from July 21–29.

The 2018 U15 & U17 Girls National Championships takes place at the University of New Brunswick from August 6–11. Ontario is seeded second in Pool A alongside Quebec (1), Manitoba (3), and Alberta (4). Team Ontario first takes on Manitoba on August 6 at 2:45 p.m. ET (3:45 p.m. AT). Their second game of pool play on August 7 will be determined by the result of their first game.

To #GetToKnowTeamO, check out Ontario Basketball’s TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for a profile of each athlete on the U17 Girls team.

Check back tomorrow for the U15 Girls roster.


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.