Surge strug­gle on the road

The Southwest Booster - - CLASSIFIED­S / SPORTS -

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.

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