Tour­ney Champs


The Shau­navon Sil­hou­ettes ran their way to top spot at the eight-team SCCHS Se­nior Ar­dens bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment on the week­end …

Shau­navon Sil­hou­ettes’ head coach Mark Be­nesh is hop­ing that a tour­na­ment ti­tle at the 2011 SCCHS Se­nior Girls Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment in Swift Cur­rent on Satur­day can be a step­ping stone for a re­turn trip to Hoopla this sea­son.

The Sil­hou­ettes were the class of the seven-team tour­na­ment, wrap­ping up the ti­tle with a gritty 71-62 win over an ag­gres­sive Notre Dame Hounds squad in Satur­day evening’s cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

“They are a good team and they pres­sured us all game long,” said head coach Mark Be­nesh. “They tried to tire us out, which they did a good job of. We just fought through and kept mak­ing plays. The girls worked re­ally hard and they de­served the win.”

Jaime Rhodes was on top of her game in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal, fin­ish­ing with 22 points and eight as­sists. Sierra Be­nesh had 18 points, seven re­bounds, and six as­sists and was key in break­ing the Hounds pres­sure de­spite be­ing phys­i­cally ha­rassed through­out the con­test.

Mor­gan Gron­hovd had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 18 points, 15 re­bounds, and five steals, while Jor­dan Nixon added 13 points, 14 re­bounds, and three steals as she over­came ill­ness in the fi­nal. Sara Iller­brun also played a ma­jor de­fen­sive role, help­ing to stop the Notre Dame break and nul­li­fy­ing their three-point shoot­ing.

The Sil­hou­ettes ad­vanced to the fi­nal with a 67-42 win over the host Ar­dens in the semi-fi­nal led by 19 points and nine re­bounds from Be­nesh on three of three shoot­ing from be­hind the three-point arc. Rhodes added 18 points on nine of 12 shoot­ing and added seven as­sists. Gron­hovd had an­other dou­ble-dou­ble with 17 points and 11 as­sists.

The Sil­hou­ettes opened the tour­na­ment with a 69-37 win over Wey­burn on Fri­day. Be­nesh paced the of­fense with 20 points and five re­bounds, fol­lowed by 14 points and two steals from Rhodes. Nixon added 10 points and six re­bounds, Gron­hovd chipped in eight points and 12 re­bounds, Iller­brun had six points and four steals, and Kae­lyn Oberle had six points and two as­sists.

The Sil­hou­ettes won a 3A pro­vin­cial gold medal at Hoopla in Moose Jaw in 2006 but haven’t been back to the big dance since.

“We want to get to Hoopla and we think that we have a chance of do­ing that. Beat­ing Notre Dame, who is a good 3A team, just tells us that that is re­al­is­tic. We have to keep play­ing, the girls have to keep work­ing hard, and we have to get in bet­ter shape be­cause we were tired,” said Be­nesh.

It was a good week­end for Shau­navon bas­ket­ball teams as the se­nior boys also won a tour­na­ment in Big­gar, capped off with a 60-30 win over Mid­dle Lake. Matthew Be­nesh led the with 30 points.


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