Ar­dens knock off 4A teams in Moose Jaw


The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Se­nior Ar­dens bas­ket­ball team won three of four games to place fifth at the 16-team Moose Jaw In­vi­ta­tional over the weekend.

“It was a great tour­na­ment that gave us the op­por­tu­nity to see some teams we don’t nor­mally play. There were 15 4A team in at­ten­dance so it gave us a chance to see where we stand against teams in our clas­si­fi­ca­tion,” said Ar­dens’ head coach An­drew Her­rick.

The Ar­dens opened the tour­na­ment with a 49-40 win over Meath Park. The Ar­dens only scored four points in the sec­ond quar­ter and the game was tied 19-19 at half­time. Grade 10 guard Jade Ad­dai led the Ar­dens with 16 points in the win. “It was one of those games where the ball just wouldn’t go into the hoop for us in the first half. In the sec­ond half we found enough con­sis­tency on the of­fen­sive end to get the win,” said Her­rick.

The Ar­dens ran into un­de­feated Moose Jaw AE Pea­cock in the quar­ter-fi­nals and were elim­i­nated from medal con­tention in a 82-41 loss af­ter Pea­cock outscored them 40-19 in the sec­ond quar­ter. Pea­cock went on to win the tour­na­ment in dom­i­nat­ing fash­ion. Grade 12’s ShaeLynn Bolton and Cheyenne Ken­dall each scored 14 points in the loss.

“We knew go­ing into the Pea­cock game that we were go­ing to have to be at our best to com­pete with them. In the first quar­ter the girls stepped up to the chal­lenge and we were only down by five at the end of the quar­ter. I think the les­son we learned is that in or­der to com­pete with the top teams in the prov­ince, we will need to be more con­sis­tent on the de­fen­sive end of the floor,” ex­plained Her­rick.

The Ar­dens re­bounded with a 47-36 win over Hum­boldt, led by 13 points apiece from Ad­dai and Bolton. “Com­ing off the Pea­cock game all our fo­cus was on im­prov­ing at the de­fen­sive end of the floor. I thought the girls started mak­ing bet­ter ad­just­ments and ro­ta­tions and it showed on the score­board hold­ing Hum­boldt to just 36 points,” said Her­rick.

The Ar­dens clinched fifth place with a 61-57 win over Regina Luther. They trailed 34-28 at half­time be­fore lim­it­ing Luther to 23 points in the sec­ond half. Ad­dai led the Ar­dens with 18 points and Ken­dall added 15.

“The game against Luther Col­lege was im­por­tant for our end of sea­son rank­ings as this will be the only time we see them this year and they are in our con­fer­ence,” ex­plained Her­rick.

“The first half we lacked en­ergy and men­tally we weren’t ex­e­cut­ing on ei­ther end of the floor. In the third quar­ter we started get­ting back to our type of game run­ning up and down the floor. We went on a 22-8 run that put us in great po­si­tion to win the game in the fourth. The fourth quar­ter wasn’t pretty but we held on and it re­ally showed the girls de­sire to grind out a big win for our team.”

The Ar­dens now boast an im­pres­sive 12-4 record. They will be off this weekend for ex­ams. The Ar­dens will re­turn to the court on Jan­uary 31 – Fe­bru­ary 1 for a mini home tour­na­ment.

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