From Players to Fierce Competitors: U14 Girls Team Ontario

The Canada Basketball National Championships are coming up August 6–11 for the U15 and U17 Girls in Fredericton and the U15 and U17 Boys in Kamloops, B.C. All four teams are aiming for the top of the podium after the U15 Boys and Girls won gold at Nationals last summer and the U17 Boys finished first and the U17 Girls placed second at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

These four teams were not the only provincial squads hard at work this summer. The U14 Girls development team, which was established last summer to prepare young athletes to play at the provincial level, trained and competed alongside the U15 Girls at training camps around the province and at tournaments in Canada and the United States.

Each training camp had a specific focus built on the one before it. The coaching staff planned out each practice to add on to previous learnings and to also challenge the athletes with new concepts. The players rose to the challenge every time, responding with grit and determination.

On the competition side, the team finished the summer with a 7-7 record overall from three tournaments.

Team Ontario started off strong with a perfect 4-0 record at the SLAM CAMP Summer Challenge in Montreal on June 30 and July 1.

At the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago the following week, the team faced their first losses and finished the tournament 1-4.

The U14 Girls wrapped up their summer at the end of July at the United States Junior Nationals (USJN) National Championships in Washington, D.C. Although the team finished with a 2-3 record, Head Coach Jobina D’Aloisio was pleased with the team’s performance.

“By the time we got to Washington, the girls were a team in every sense of the word. They played fast-paced, aggressive defense both on and off the ball, buying into the defensive team concepts they were taught and playing as a unified group,” explained D’Aloisio. “On the offensive end, they created and attacked gaps, made extra passes to confuse defensive rotations, and scored countless points with quick transitions. They changed in Washington from being players to being fierce competitors.”

Ontario Basketball congratulates the U14 Girls Team Ontario on their accomplishments this summer.


U14 Girls Team Ontario 2018 Roster

Maya ChocanoCaledon
Lara CookSt. Catharines
Shantavia DawkinsBrampton
Dominique Ennis McIntyreBrampton
Lemyah HyltonMississauga
Cyanne JohnBolton
Kayley Joseph-BernardMilton
Alexis KakarAjax
Emma KoabelPort Colborne
Cheyenne Rowe*Ajax
Lilia Skumatova*Burlington
Taija Sta-MariaKleinburg
Summer Bostock (Alternate)Carlisle
Santianna Davy (Alternate)Ajax
Ella Farrelly (Alternate)Guelph
*Returning Team Ontario athlete


#GetToKnowTeamO with profiles of the U15 and U17 athletes on Ontario Basketball’s TwitterInstagram, and Facebook, and check out their rosters for Nationals: U15 Girls roster, U17 Girls roster, U15 Boys roster, and U17 Boys roster. For the U14 team, put faces to the names with U14 Girls photos on Facebook.

Stand by for a spotlight tomorrow on the final Team Ontario squad, the U14 Boys.


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.