Mixed results in St. A basketball

The royals took to their court Dec. 18, resulting in the St. Augustine Queens winning their basketball game while the boys fell just short

Kristin Prediger lunges toward an opposing Delburne player in an attempt to gain control of the ball during the senior Queens Dec. 18 game.

The royals took to their court Dec. 18, resulting in the St. Augustine Queens winning their basketball game while the boys fell just short of the same ending.

Both the senior Kings and Queens faced Delburne, with the girls finishing with a score of 39-34 and the boys with 58-38.

This year both are young teams; Queens coach Holly Maier says she has only three Grade 12 players and seven of her 15 are in Grade 10.

She and the Kings coach, Adam Bowie, say they aren’t looking for wins this season but want to work on improving the players, both with a focus on defence.

“We’re learning a new offence. Every game practice, it improves,” said Maier.

“They girls did very good. They played a strong defence and it’s usually defence that wins the game,” she added.

This was the girls’ fifth league game of the season and the first they won. Maier wasn’t expecting the win and it came as a nice surprise for the team.

In comparing notes before the game with Delburne’s coach, she found both teams had been beaten by the same other teams and they were evenly matched. “They had a lot of heart and hustle,” she said, referring to Delburne.

“They (Queens) fought until the very end,” she added. Maier says girls can have a tendency to turn on their own teammates during low points in a game and she was thrilled the Queens stayed positive, focusing on their plays and teamwork.

Bowie also thought his boys played hard until the end with a strong defence. “It was really good tonight. I thought we did a really good job denying the passers.”

“There was good intensity. They boys play strong whether they’re 20 up or 20 down,” he added.

This season he’s going to help the team work in the parts of the game they can control, such as defence, to dictate the game because offence can’t always be controlled. “Defence should always be on, we should always be 100 per cent.”

“We’re going the right direction,” he added.

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Ice racing at Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake

Results of the ice racing event at Pigeon Lake

Maskwacis RCMP lay charges from home invasion

Four charged in alleged invasion using knives and gun on Samson Cree Nation - three injured

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ponoka Airport taxiway improvement costs overrun

The $328,000 project increased to $359,000, gravel cited as main reason for the increase

Ponoka County council looks at how it sees collaboration

County wants separate negotiations with Ponoka, Rimbey

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

Suspected Toronto serial killer targeting gay community arrested

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Most Read