By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
The Magrath Pandas took home the consolation championship Saturday in Lethbridge.
Magrath earned a big 97-53 win over the St. Joseph Falcons in the consolation final of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Green and Gold Tournament.
Montana Berezay led the Pandas with 21 points, while Lauren Payne added 16. Miranda Strate and Lucy Wilde added 10 points each for the winning side.
Magrath was pushed to the consolation side on Friday after a tough one-point loss to the Western Canada Redhawks. The Pandas fell just short, 71-70, despite a 25-point performance from Payne. Berezay chipped in with 13, while Jenna Taylor and Ellie Wilde added 10 each.
That opening-round loss was quickly put the rearview mirror, as Magrath took a decisive 73-36 win over Medicine Hat in the team’s next contest. Four Magrath players finished in double digits, as Berezay led the way with 11 points. Three other Pandas, Ellie and Lucy Wilde and Carly Blackmore, finished with 10 points each.
On the weekend, Payne capped off the weekend with 50 points total, good for fourth overall, while Berezay’s 45 points put her seventh overall in tournament scoring.
The Pandas were back in Southern Alberta High School Basketball League action Wednesday night in Taber against W.R. Myers (score unavailable at press time). The team’s next league game is a Feb. 12 contest in Raymond against the Comets.
Raymond spent the weekend in Calgary for a tournament at St. Mary’s High School. After an opening-round win over William Aberhart, by a score of 83-65, the Comets dropped the semifinal 83-48 to St. Albert, and settled for a win in the third-place game over the host St. Mary’s team, by a score of 70-65.
Saige Gibb led the way against Aberhart with 21 points, while Kelby Terry added 18. Taylor Ralph had 17 and Rees Armener and Kyla Bohne had 10 each.
Against St. Albert, Gibb and Armener had 10 each, while Bohne had eight.
Armener and Bohne led the way with 19 each against St. Mary’s, as Gibb and Terry chipped in with 12 points each.
Tuesday night, the Comets played host to Cardston, and fell 65-64. Gibb paced the Raymond attack with 17, as Armener added 12 and Terry collected 11 points.
Cardston also won the JV game, this time by a score of 86-68. Bela Zaremba had 16 for the Comets, while Cassidy Quinton chipped in with 14 and Tanly Schmale added 13.