By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
The Magrath Pandas enter the homestretch of the 2018/2019 regular season with first place firmly within reach.
Heading into last night’s road game in Cardston (results unavailable at press time), the 12-0 Pandas and the 10-1 Cougars enter the final weekend of league play as the only two teams with a legitimate shot at the regular-season title.
Magrath stayed unbeaten with two dominating wins last weekend, which included a 109-20 win over Winston Churchill on Friday and an equally impressive 71-50 win Saturday over Raymond.
Six players hit for double digits Friday against the Griffins, as Lucy Wilde scored 15, while Lauren Payne and Montana Berezay added 14 each. Jenna Taylor and Elley Johnson both scored 12, as Carly Blackmore added 10.
The JV contest was also a lopsided affair, as the Pandas won 74-28, thanks to 23 from Elle Hoy, 16 from Macie Wocknitz and 13 from Brooke Barfuss.
In Magrath’s win over Raymond, Taylor scored 19, Payne added 18 and Lucy Wilde struck for 15. Taylor Ralph and Saige Gibb responded for Raymond with 12 points each.
In the JV game, the Pandas scored another big win, this time by a score of 70-54, thanks to a 19-point performance by Blackmore. Gracie Mohr and Thandie Kauro added 13 each. Mataya Francis led Raymond with 16, as Tanly Schmale connected for 13.
Raymond started last weekend on a winning note, however, as the senior team defeated Medicine Hat 74-60. Gibb led the way with 26, Kelby Terry had 18 and Rees Armener added 15.
The JV dropped a 70-64 decision, despite 19 points from Cassidy Quinton and 18 from Francis. Ashlee Williams added 11.
The regular season now wraps up this weekend, as Raymond puts its 8-4 record on the line against Catholic Central Friday at 4 p.m. The Comets travel to Cardston Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.
Magrath wraps up the regular season at home on Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest against W.R. Myers.
Heading into the final week, Magrath, Cardston and Raymond are the only three teams with winning records, while 0-12 Winston Churchill has yet to record a victory.
On the JV side, Magrath is third at 10-4 (excluding last night’s game), while Raymond is 7-7.