The Swift Current Senior Ardens hosting their annual home tournament …
The Swift Current Comp. Ardens basketball team will be back on their home court this weekend when they host seven high school basketball teams for their annual home tournament. The Ardens will open the tournament on Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. against the Greenall Griffins from Balgonie.
Also in attendance will be the Shaunavon Silhouettes, the Frontier Raiders, Weyburn, the LCBI Lady Lions from Outlook, Lake Lenore, and Notre Dame. Frontier will take on LCBI on Friday at 5:20 p.m., while Shaunavon opens their tournament against Weyburn at 6:55 p.m.
Play resumes Saturday morning with the tournament final slated for 7:35 p.m.
The Ardens are the threetime defending champions at their home tournament. Last year they defeated the Notre Dame Hounds 55-52 in the championship final. But rookie head coach Derek Targerson isn’t dwelling on the past.
“There is no pressure for us,” he explained. “We are a new team with new kids and a new system. Our goal is to play better than the last tournament we played in, simple as that. We have seven new team members this year, so we are definitely retooling this year with a new system and a new set of goals and looking to find our own personality as a team. We are absolutely 100 percent proud of the history of the Ardens name and the legacy that coach (Rod) Siemens created, but with that being said, we are a new team with new leadership.”
He is hoping that the team can work off some rust that may have crept in over the holiday break.
“There was an open gym held during the break which gave the girls an opportunity to come and shoot around, but other than that it’s going to be a hard week of practices and essentially ‘baptism by fire’ and hope that athleticism takes over from the turkey and stuffing!”
The Ardens are comprised of three grade 12’s, two grade 11’s, six grade 10’s, and one grade nine this season after a veteran squad captured silver at 4A Hoopla last season.
“Our goal as a team this year is to get better each weekend. We need to identify our strengths and weaknesses of each weekend and build on that to get better. We are focused on taking more steps forward than backwards,” explained Targerson.