Burlington Panthers Major Midget: Team News

Monday, March 31
Diamond Performance

 The Burlington Panthers Major Midget Girls Basketball team won their seventh consecutive gold medal as the hosts of their own tournament on the weekend. It was a "diamond" performance as it marked their 75th consecutive win of the 2008 season.

In the round robin, the Panthers started off with a 59-31 win over the Ajax Advantage. Melissa Mullins scored 21 points with a 9 point performance by Caroline McKenna.

Against the London Ramblers, Jamie Ruttle hit 19 points with the trio of Lauren Bosnjak, Emma Sanges and Megan Rauscher good for 8 points each. The team connected on 7 of their 10 three point shots in the first half building a 46-17 lead.

In an incredibly fast paced game against the Gloucester Wolverines, the Panthers took charge winning 70-50 . Mullins scored 26 points along with Xandra Yantzi who scored 16. Rebecca Babcock drew two key charges and Andrea Vanderlaan played great defensively shutting down a key Gloucester player.

In an exciting semi-final, the Panthers came from behind and outpaced the Ajax Advantage who were hot off their upset of the Kingston Impact. The Panthers won 60-53 with Ruttle dominating for 27 points with Mullins scoring 18.

In the championship finals against the Gloucester Wolverines, the Panthers pressed on to win it all 64-46.
Ruttle led the way again with 25 points. Mikaila Nederveen connected on huge 3 pointer late in the third quarter led by great defensive efforts from Jessica Craigie and Jessica Boelhower

The Panthers will be travelling to U.S. tournaments during the month of April.

Sunday, March 2
Golden Grit

The Burlington Panther Major Midgets Girls AAA Basketball team showed true grit in their sixth consecutive tournament championship win at the recent Mississauga Monarchs Basketball Tournament.

After three pool play victories in which Burlington defeated London 65-37, Sarnia 69-40 and Mississauga 61-34 they looked poised in the semi finals against Kingston. The Panthers were led by 17 points each from Melissa Mullins and Jamie Ruttle in a 56-30 win.

In the championship finals against Ajax, the Panthers were faced with adversity for the first time this season, playing without their last three tournament MVP's: Melissa Mullins, Xandra Yantzi and Jessica Craigie. The Panthers fell behind 13-2 in the opening 4 minutes but never quit and went on a 14-0 run to take the lead late in the half. Never leading by more than 6 points, they won a close 47-43 victory to secure their 70th straight win.

Tournament MVP Jamie Ruttle was a force on the boards and led with 20 points. Megan Rauscher hit for 9 points along with Jessica Boelhouwer who scored 5, including 2 clutch free throws in the last minute. Emma Sanges led on rebounds and Rebecca Babcock drew key charges in the second half. Throughout the tournament, Lauren Bosnjak, Caroline McKenna , Mikaila Nederveen and Andrea Vanderlaan contributed to the scoreboard and on defense.

The Panthers host some of the top teams in the province at their own home tournament on March 28-30th.

Sunday, February 24
Panthers on a Roll in Niagara Falls
The Burlington Panthers Major Midget Girls Basketball team won their fifth tournament Gold medal at the Niagara Falls Red Raiders Tournament on the weekend.

Against the Niagara Falls Thunder, the Panthers led 47-6 at the half with Jessica Craigie leading the team to a 74-17 win scoring 15 points in first half. Lauren Bosnjak and Emma Sanges both chipped in 8 points while Jessica Boelhouwer scored 7.

Against Hamilton Blessed Sacrament, Mikaila Nederveen and Megan Rauscher both scored 8 points and Xandra Yantzi put up 9 as the Panthers moved on in the round with a 70-35 win.

A 59-25 win against Goulbourn saw eight Panther players hit 3 point baskets. Jessica Craigie scored 14 with Melissa Mullins added 13 points.

In the semifinals against York South, the Panthers finished the first quarter with a 25-3 lead and won the game 67-36 with Jamie Ruttle hitting 20 points and Melissa Mullins scoring 16.

In the championship finals against the host Niagara Falls Red Raiders, the Panthers pulled away to a 47-13 score at the half and finished with a 73-29 win. Missy Mullins and Jamie Ruttle both scored 18 points and Rebecca Babcock and Caroline McKenna both scored 7 points. Overall, the team scored a total of thirty one 3 pointers for the tournament.

Jessica Craigie was named the tournament MVP. She connected on twelve 3 point shots over the 5 tournament games.
The Panthers are 25-0 this year and have won 65 straight games dating back to last season.

The team is coached by Darrin Curtis and Ryan Park. Panther athletes include Emma Sanges, Rebecca Babcock, Xandra Yantzi, Jamie Ruttle, Jessica Craigie, Megan Rauscher, Lauren Bosnjak, Caroline McKenna, Mikaila Nederveen, Jessica Boelhouwer, Melissa Mullins and Andrea Vanderlaan.
The Panthers travel to the Mississauga Monarchs Tournament this weekend.

Sunday, February 10
Panthers Continue To Roll - Win 4th Tournament

The Burlington Panther Major Midget Girls Basketball team won their fourth gold medal of the season winning the Transway Tournament this past weekend in Hamilton.

In the first game of pool play, against the Mississauga Monarchs, the Panthers got started quickly and rounded out a 56-29 win. Megan Rausher scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Rebecca Babcock hit 8 points and drew 2 charges along with 5 rebounds. Emma Sanges scored 5 points and had 3 rebounds.

The second group game featured the Brantford Briars. After a close first half, the Panthers broke open the game winning 56-41. Jamie Ruttle scored 20 points along with Melissa Mullins who hit 11 points and added 7 rebounds, 7 steals and 10 blocks.

Against the Niagara Falls Rebels, the Panthers pulled ahead early and cruised to a 75-37 win. Caroline McKenna scord 10 points and added 2 rebounds. Mikaila Nederveen scored 4 points with 6 rebounds while Jessica Boelhouwer scored 8 points.

In the semi-final game against the Mississauga Monarchs, the Panthers ran away with a 59-26 win. Jamie Ruttle scored 23 points hauling in 8 rebounds. Jessica Craigie had 6 points and made 3 steals.

In the Gold medal final against the Brantford Briers, the Panthers prevailed in a 65-39 win. Jamie Ruttle grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 23 points. Tournament MVP Xandra Yantzi hit 12 points, pulled in 10 rebounds and topped it off with 10 blocks. Lauren Bosnjak scored 7 points. In this game, the team were a perfect 12 for 12 from foul line.

 The team's win streak now extends to 59 games.

Monday, January 28
Ancaster Tournament

The Burlington Panthers continued their winning ways in the 1 day tournament at Ancaster. Their win streak now extends to 54 games. More details to follow ....

Wednesday, January 16
Panthers Hit Golden Milestone

The Burlington Panther Major Midget Girls Basketball team won their second Gold medal of the season at the Scarborough Basketball Association AAA Tournament hosted at the Hoopdome this past weekend.

Pool play started with a 45-31 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Lightening. Melissa Mullins scored 17 points with Jamie Ruttle adding 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Against the Goulbourn Stingers, the Panthers scored the first 19 points in the game en route to an easy 52-35 win. Jessica Craigie connected on 3 three point shots and led a balanced attack with 11 points. Megan Rauscher added 8 points and set a team high 5 steals. Lauren Bosnjak added 5 points and 7 rebounds.

The Panthers completed pool play with a convincing 59-37 win over Niagara Falls Red Raiders. Ruttle led the way connecting on 21 points and 9 rebounds. Xandra Yantzi was a defensive force with 6 blocked shots. Caroline McKenna scored 9 points hitting 3 three pointers.

In the semi finals, the Panthers faced Hamilton Blessed Sacrament. An early offensive explosion led to a 25-point half time lead and a final score of 64-20. Mullins was a force all over the floor with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Rebecca Babcock added 8 points to go along with 4 rebounds and Jessica Boelhower added 7 points. Emma Sanges chipped in with 5 rebounds along with 3 steals.

In the championship final, the Panthers never trailed in a very solid 59-36 win over Kingston Impact. Ruttle was dominant, scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while Mikaila Nederveen ran away with three steals. For her efforts, Ruttle was named the Tournament MVP. Injured Andrea Vanderlaan did a great job assisting coaches Darrin Curtis and Ryan Park with the stats all weekend.

This tournament win pushes the Burlington Panthers winning streak to 51 games.

The Panthers will be competing in the Ancaster Magic Tournament on January 25-27th.

Sunday, February 24
2007 / 2008 Season Schedule

Tournaments and Exhibition Games for the 2007 / 2008 Season

Tentative Dates


Exhibition Game



November 27
  Oakville Juvenile


December 9
  Ancaster Magic
December 13   OakvilleJuvenile Yes


January 5,6 Kitchener-Waterloo  


January 11-13 Scarborough Blues  


January 14   Ancaster Magic
January 25-27
Ancaster Magic


February 8-10 Transway  


February 22-24 Niagara Falls


February 29 - March 2
March 28 -30 Burlington Panthers  


April 4 - 6
Shock Invitational
Michigan Shock


April 18 - 20 Chicago
May 2 - 4
OBA Championships


Sunday, January 6
Panthers Ring in the New Year With Gold

In their first tournament of the 2008 season, the Burlington Panther Major Midget Girls Basketball Team rang in the New Year as Gold medallists at the Kitchener-Waterloo Lightning Tournament this past weekend.

The Panthers were fast off the block with a 51-39 win over the K-W Lightning hosts. With solid defensive coverage from Andrea Vanderlaan, Melissa Mullins led in scoring with 12 points along with 9 points from Jamie Ruttle and 7 points from Jessica Craigie.

Hitting 23 of 26 from the free throw line, the Panthers defeated Hamilton Blessed Sacrament 58-30 with Jamie Ruttle scoring 14 points, Megan Rauscher adding 10 and Caroline McKenna with 7 points.

The Panthers comfortably won third group game of the day with a 63-27 win over York South Silver Knights. Jamie Ruttle hit 20 points, with Melissa Mullins at 14 points and Xandra Yantzi with 10 points.

In the semi-finals, all the players contributed to the scoreboard including 8 three-point shots in an 83-38 win over Hamilton Blessed Sacrament. Never looking back with the score 45-15 at the half, Mikaila Nederveen led on defense with Rebecca Babcock hitting 17 points, Jamie Ruttle with 15, Megan Rauscher with 12 and Jessica Boelhower with 9 points.

In the Gold medal game, the Panthers led 32-11 after the first quarter and finished with a convincing 77-42 win over the K-W Lightning. Once again all of the players scored led by a 15-point performance by both Lauren Bosnjak and Jamie Ruttle with Melissa Mullins scoring 13 points.

Megan Rauscher was named the tournament MVP. The team is coached by Darrin Curtis and Ryan Park with player Emma Sanges assisting this weekend with statistics.

The Burlington Panthers team has won 46 consecutive games against Ontario teams and will be competing in the Scarborough Tournament on January 12-13th

Friday, November 23
Team / Parent Information

November 25 , 2007

Updated Practice Schedule now on Calendar

November 23 , 2007

Exhibition Games and Gym Maps added

Practice Times Updated

November 17 , 2007

OBA Locations Announced - Although not posted on the OBA web site, they can be found at http://www.centralbasketball.com/

Sunday, October 1
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