South Peace News
The juggernault that is the St. Andrew’s Saints girl’s basketball team continues to roll.
The Saints scored two easy wins last week on their home court. They first defeated the Kinuso Knights 58-14 on Jan. 21, then trounced Wabasca OPK 59-4 on Jan. 23.
In both games, the speed at which the Saints play the game, coupled with their aggressive defence, is far too much for opposition to handle.
The Saints look like a sure bet to win their third straight Smoky River Junior High School Basketball League title and fourth in five years unless something strange occurs.
The Saints were able to use their entire bench extensively in both games, not that they don’t use a rotation anyway. Against the Knights, 12 different Saints scored, led by Jessica Gordon and Hannah Haas, who each scored 10 points to lead the way while Jessie Zuniga added eight. Kelly Cox scored six points while Heidi Porisky, Syara Brassard, Charlotte Boerchers and Brooke Keay each netted four points. Kirsten Bruder, Kali Brame, Sasha Gauchier and Joseah Pecpec each scored two points to complete the scoring.
Madyson Engebret- son scored six points to lead the Knights. Mckenzie Raymond added four points while Deshaye Coleman and Jadanna van Rootselaar each added two.
It was more of the same two days later as Wabasca came to town. They were shutout in the second half by the Saints.
Gordon led the way with 14 points while Keay added 10 as two Saints scored in double figures. Zuniga had nine points, Porisky and Bruder each had six. Boerchers, Pecpec and Haas each scored four points. Mischa Deering added the other two points.
Airise Nanehahoo and Darynn Alook Auger each netted two for OKP.
OKP also lost their other game last week as they were beaten 91-14 by Slave Lake Roland Michener.
Saints win 2
In boy’s action, the St. Andrew’s Saints defeated Wabasca OPK 42-12 on Jan. 23.
Eleven different Saints scored as the entire bench was used, and rookie players fed the basketball allowing them to score.
And score they did! Leighton Halldorson led the way with only eight pints as the offence was spread around. Franci Simogan and Zach Vink each scored five points, Brendan Kasinec and Tristan Stout each scored four points, while Seb Vasquez, Coby Masson, Blair Masson and Chad Strebchuk each scored three points. Seth Flett and Logan Bruder each scored two points to complete the scoring.
Wayne Decoine led OKPK with seven points. Chez Whitehead added four points and Conner Young two.
Two days earlier, the Saints tripped the Kinuso Knights 55-35.
Stout led Saints scoring with 12 points while Kasinec had nine. Korven Herr and Strebchuk each had eight points while Vasquez, Vink, Simogan and Halldorson each netted four points. Bruder had two points.
Aiden McLaughlin led the Knights with 10 points while Jean Luc Ramond added six. Morgan Saitz scored four points while Blake Williams and Hudson Williams each scored five points. Sage Woodman scored three points and Sage Chalifoux added a pair.
Vanier nips Falcons
The Donnelly G.P. Vanier Vipers boy’s team won at Valleyview St. Stephen’s 42-35 on Jan. 22 in a close and entertaining game.
The Vipers overcame a narrow 20-18 halftime deficit by scoring a dozen points in the third and four quarters to eke out the win.
Brett Heckbert scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Vipers while Lucas Hauch added six. Aaron Archbald scored four points while Cole Fournier and Parker St. Laurant each scored three. Cory Brulotte and Hunter Dumont each added two points while Riley Garant added a free throw.
The Rams received scoring from four players, three in double figures. Mark Tagal led the way with 12 points. Shaen Gignac had 11 points, Levi Gallardo 10 points. Christopher Torda added a two-point bucket to account for the Rams’ scoring.