Broncs girls finish high in tournament

The senior girls Broncs rose through the ranks and placed second at the 17th annual SWOOSH Tournament

Kendra Joyes (left) attempts to maneuver the ball as two Rimbey players guard her.

Kendra Joyes (left) attempts to maneuver the ball as two Rimbey players guard her.

During their third basketball tournament of the season the senior girls Broncs rose through the ranks and placed second at the 17th annual SWOOSH Tournament, held Jan. 11 and 12 at PCHS.

“They played very heard, lots of heart, lots of hustle,” said coach Phoebe Dortman.

“I was very pleased they did that well. There are some very good teams in the tournament so I knew there was going to be some challenges,” she added.

One of the tough teams Dortman identified was the Ardrossan Bisons, who beat the Broncs in the finals, 54-45. Dortman said the Bisons had some taller girls, “with some quick inside players.”

To compensate for the height difference the Broncs worked hard on positioning, as well as spacing and their rebounds.

“I was very proud and pleased with the girls,” said Dortman.

Although they placed well the tournament as a whole was roller-coaster ride for the Broncs.

“We’ve certainly been up and down in our games,” said Dortman.

Based on the girls’ performance during the tournament, Dortman says the team will work on minimizing turnovers for future games.

“We’ve had some problems with that.”

In a pre-season tournament they lost to Stettler’s W.E. Hay Wildcats. However, the Broncs were able to beat the Wildcats this time around during the semifinals.

Dortman hoped the Broncs would be able to continue winning against the Wildcats.

“We’re looking to beat them in league (Jan. 15).

“We’re taking it one game at a time.”