Airdrie basketball teams cap off busy weekend
The St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks junior varsity team placed third at the Queen Elizabeth High School basketball tournament, Feb. 1 and 2. The Kodiaks defeated the host team 55-31 in the battle for the bronze medal. The top Airdrie scorers were Breanna Sheen and Karissa Nolin, who each netted 10 points.
The team returned to regular season Calgary Senior High School Athletics Association (CSHSAA) action, Feb. 4 against Crescent Heights High School, which defeated the Kodiaks by four points in the tournament. Crescent Heights defeated the Kodiaks 53-44.
Muriel Clayton Middle School hosted its home tournament, Feb. 1 and 2. It featured six teams from Central and Southern Alberta. Airdrie finished second in the tournament, losing to Olds High School in the gold medal final by a tight score of 17-16.
The team went undefeated in its earlier games, beating Pigeon Lake 39-24, the Breton Cougars 48-19 and the Dr. Elliot Black Hawks 41-18.
“(The tournament) was awesome,” said Muriel Clayton coach Matt Carter.
“It was great for the girls because they were grade sevens and eights playing against Grade nines.”
For the first time, the tournament also featured a skills competition. Twenty-four players took part in the shooting event and in the dribble relay. Both events were won by Muriel Clayton players, as Amy Berryman won the dribble relay and Bronwyn Pilon won the shooting competition.
“It added an element that most kids don’t see at this level,” Carter said. “It’s a lot of fun and it was a neat atmosphere. It wasn’t just the players competing. All the teams were supporting their teammates.”
Despite a break in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) basketball schedule, the George McDougall senior and junior Mustangs boys’ teams came home from the Olds Invitational Tournament with double gold, Feb. 1 to 2.
In the senior division, the Mustangs won its first game against West Central High School 69-28 and squeaked out a win against the Lacombe Composite in its second game.
The ‘Stangs defeated Holy Trinity Academy 77-67 in the gold medal final. All four of the Mustang basketball teams returned to the court in RVSA action this week.
Results were not available for the boys or girls games at press time. George Mac took on Chestermere. The only other game on the schedule was between Springbank and Cochrane.