The St. Augustine Queens senior girls opened their tournament with a loss to the Breton Cougars Feb. 14. Photo by Emily Jaycox

Short bench for tournament host Queens

Rebuiling year sees club wind up seventh

The season has been a tough one, just like their home tournament.

The St. Augustine Queens senior girls basketball squad wound up in seventh spot at the annual Shine tournament held Feb. 14 and 15.

They opened up the tournament with a loss to Breton then falling to Our Lady of Mount Pleasant (OLMP) from Camrose before defeating Banff.

Despite the results, coach Molly Ballhorn felt the girls had a great weekend with just seven players available.

“With the short bench, all of the girls had a lot of playing time, which is great,” she said.

“We have a wonderful group of girls to work with during this rebuilding season.”

This year’s team consists of a pair of players that have not played basketball before, as well as eight out of the Queen’s nine-player roster are Grade 10s playing their first season at the high school level.

Ballhorn added,”Our defensive game has been strong this year, while the focus for the second half of the season is taking advantage of as well as finishing on our offensive opportunities.”

West Central from Rocky Mountain House defeated Barrhead by five to win the championship, while third went St. Mary’s from Vegreville after they got past Breton. Leduc’s Christ the King defeated OLMP for the consolation title.

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