Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau dazzles in Tokyo launch matches – Sooke News Mirror

Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau was instrumental in Canada’s first two Paralympic wheelchair basketball games, helping the women’s team advance to a 2-0 start in Tokyo.

Dandeneau dominated Canada’s opener on August 25. She had a triple-double with 32 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists in the 73-54 win over Great Britain.

She thanked her teammates for allowing her to open up on the floor on her Paralympic debut.

“It really feels good to be a big contributor in games like this,” Dandeneau said after the game. “Honestly, it was just a really good team win.”

After a tied first half, the Canadians outscored Great Britain by 22 points in the second. Dandeneau said the team chemistry helped boost the solid finish.

“I think we’ve done a really good job of adjusting and adapting and we’ve really managed to pull ourselves together,” she said. “Things rolled out at the end, we were just firing on all the cylinders.”

The women continued that momentum in Friday’s game against Japan, claiming a landslide 61-35 victory over the host team.

After leaving the bench, Dandeneau once again led the Canadians on the field. Marc Antoine Ducharme, Canada’s women’s head coach, said Dandeneau entered the game before registering 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

“We got the starting XI together to squeeze Japan all over the pitch and then Kady came in,” said Ducharme. “Kady is just Kady. She can score from anywhere. She did an amazing job on the bench.

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