Surge struggle on the road
The Swift Current U15 Monsanto Bio Ag Surge played four basketball games in Medicine Hat leaving with a record of one win and three losses. Friday night play began against a strong Lethbridge squad with the Surge falling 52-22 but rebounded with an exciting 24-23 victory over the Moose Jaw Thunder. Kyla Bolton lead the team in scoring with 12 points with help from Kennedy Choo Foo, Shyla Driedger, Chloe Smith and Ali Vance each with six points.
Saturday the Surge played the host Medicine Hat Rangers. It was a tight defensive battle with the Surge surrendering in the end by a score of 20-12. The final game of the tournament was against the Calgary Vipers, who the Surge had edged in previous play by two points.
The game went back and forth with Chloe Smith scoring late in the game to send it to overtime. After chances at both ends the score was still tied after the first overtime period. In the second extra period the Vipers managed to pull ahead, winning the game 30-28. Bolton was the leading scorer with 28 points while Vance had 16 during the weekend.
Next action for the U15 Surge is June 13-14 when they travel to Lethbridge for their final tournament.
The U17 Surge attended the 15th Annual Prairie Dog Classic hosted by the University of Saskatchewan that same weekend. The team played shorthanded and lost all four games over the weekend.
They were beaten soundly in their tournament opener by a very skilled and well coached Grant McEwan Jr. Griffins U16 team from Edmonton, who dominated them in all facets of the game. The Surge lost their closest game of the tournament to the Saskatoon Souls by single digits as both teams struggled to score.
Fatigue caught up to the Surge in game three when they struggled to move on defense in a loss to the Prince Albert Lakers U17 team. Game four saw the Surge struggle on the offensive end as they missed repeatedly from inside the key to finish without a win on the weekend.
The U17 Surge will also conclude their season next weekend in Lethbridge.