Nadia Simons keeps control of the ball Feb. 14 after a tough hit against the Lacombe Rams. The Broncs won the game 52-48.

Nadia Simons keeps control of the ball Feb. 14 after a tough hit against the Lacombe Rams. The Broncs won the game 52-48.

Broncs girls finish strong against Rams

The Ponoka Broncs senior girls basketball squad played tough against the Lacombe Rams netting positive results for the team.

The Broncs senior girls basketball squad played tough against the Lacombe Rams netting positive results for the team.

With fans showing their support for the senior girls team the Feb. 16 game proved tough throughout with the Broncs winning 52-48.

“The game was close the entire way actually,” said coach Cameron Horan. “No one was up more than eight or so the whole game.”

Indeed, momentum was back and forth with both teams playing a fast, physical game.

“We played both aggressive and composed versus Lacombe’s physical play, which led us to a very strong finish in the last five minutes of the game pushing us to a four-point victory,” explained Horan.

At the end of the half the Rams were up 24-22, anyone’s game at this point. At the end of the third quarter the Broncs managed to be up by one point with a 36-35 lead.

Where the team did well was in building on momentum from key plays, which helped the Broncs secure the win. That and keeping turnovers to a minimum, which benefited the team on the offense side of the game.

“Our defence has been a strength of ours for most of the season. Thursday night was no exception,” said Horan.

A week off will help the team prepare for playoffs.

Game night was also seniors’ night with four players graduating this year being recognized. Those players are: Leanne Wiancko, Emily Massing, Neesha Soosa, and Ashlyn Mackie.

“Four people that I have been extremely fortunate enough to coach over the last two seasons,” says Horan.

Senior boys

For the senior boys losing 78-47 against the best team in the league was a challenge.

The Rams have secured the league championship.

Coach Tylor Johannesson said the Broncs were relatively close behind at the end of the first half. Despite a 24-9 point spread after the first quarter, the Broncs managed to gain some points in the second bringing the score to 36-20 at the half.

“We played them really tough and kept the game close for most of the game,” said Johannesson. “However, we just get worn down in the second half of games.”

The point spread continued to increase as the game wore on and by the end of the third the Rams had increased the lead 63-37. The Rams win was secured and the team closed out the game.

The Broncs played one more tournament last weekend and are preparing for a big game against Wetaskiwin on March 1 in the quarter finals. Johannesson said the Broncs lost by 20 points the first time they played Wetaskiwin but he expects the performance will be improved over the last time.

This years graduates are: Jaden Sandin, Cameron Walsh, Josh Parent and Hector Ibarra.