By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
The Magrath Pandas and the Raymond Comets earned consolation championships at the Alberta Schools Athletic Association 4A Basketball Provincial Championships in Edmonton.
After a 55-50 opening-round loss to St. Albert’s Paul Kane, Magrath rattled off three straight wins to end the season on a high note.
It all started with an 80-40 win over Lindsay Thurber, and continued with a 79-52 win over Salisbury in the consolation semifinal.
Magrath then defeated a familiar foe, Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, by a score of 65-60 in the consolation final.
The Raymond Comets started things off with a 67-65 win over Salisbury, but the team’s hopes for a provincial titled faded after a 71-56 loss in the quarterfinals to Western Canada.
Raymond then dropped a 53-52 decision to Paul Kane, which ended the weekend for the Comets.
The boys tournament, also hosted by Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, saw the Comets follow the same path, as an opening-round loss, 106-91 to St. Francis Xavier, was followed by three straight victories.
Raymond’s run began with a huge 111-36 win over Beaverlodge, and continued with a 98-93 win over Medicine Hat in the consolation semifinals.
The Comets won another tight contest in the final, as Raymond edged Strathcona 81-79.
With the provincial tournaments at an end, all that was left of the 2018/2019 season was Wednesday night’s Tony Roma’s Southern Alberta High School Girls & 4A Boys Basketball League All-Star Games, held last night in Magrath.
For the girls teams, the host Pandas were represented by Montana Berezay, Lauren Payne, Jenna Taylor, Ellie Wilde and Lucy Wilde, while the Comets all-stars were Kyla Bohne, Saige Gibb, Taylor Graves and Kelby Terry.
On the boys side, Mason Stock represented the host Zeniths, as Brady Baines, Shae Gibb, Boston Harker and Jeter Heggie earned all-star nods for Raymond.