By Garrett Simmons
Westwind Weekly News
Basketball is back for teams throughout southern Alberta.
After the pandemic wiped the season for many teams across the province, both the southern Alberta High School Basketball League and the Deep South Basketball League have both kicked off play in their respective 2021/2022 schedules.
Local teams have busted from the gates with strong starts, highlighted by the Raymond Comets girls teams, who have posted lopsided victories.
Both the senior and junior varsity teams are 2-0, with massive margins of victories. On Dec. 2, the senior team hammered Taber’s W.R. Myers 120-24. That was followed up with a 98-31 win over Medicine Hat on the 6th.
Raymond’s JV defeated W.R. Myers 86-27 and then earned a 12-point win in a 62-50 victory over Medicine Hat.
Magrath’s girls teams are also unbeaten, as the Pandas seniors topped Myers 94-43 on Dec. 8, while the JV team also beat Myers, this time by a score of 55-25.
The Pandas rolled to a 74-47 win over Cardston in Tuesday’s SV game, while the JV team won 47-33.
In boys play, the Magrath Zeniths are off to a good start following an 87-54 win over Lethbridge Collegiate Institute on Dec. 7. Magrath took the JV game 87-58.
Tuesday, the Zeniths defeated Catholic Central 107-76 in SV play, while the JV topped CCH by a score of 87-58.
Raymond’s senior and junior teams both fell to Medicine Hat on Dec. 7, as the senior team dropped an 82-78 decision and the junior lost 75-54.
In Deep South play, the Stirling senior boys team is 1-0 after a 98-79 win over Kate Andrews on Dec. 2. Enoch Stone had 39 for Stirling and Callan Oviatt added 27 while Maddux Barton had 15.
The JV scored an 81-65 victory.
In senior varsity girls play, Stirling is 2-0 after a 76-53 win Dec. 9 over Kate Andrews and a 73-72 win Dec. 10 over Immanuel Christian. Paisley Silitto had 35 and Courtney McKee had 13 against Kate Andrews. McKee led the way with 28 against ICSS, as Silitto added 18.
The JV girls beat Kate Andrews 65-35 but fell to ICSS by a score of 54-49.