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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Flyers and Grizzlies tops at 2016 Hawks A and B Girls Basketball Tournament


Christian Davis

Matthew Halton's A and B Girls Hawks hosted their annual invitational tournament last weekend.  Six A teams and four B teams participated in the two day event, for a total of approximately 120 athletes.  Several of the teams are not members of the Chinook Basketball League, so the results don't count toward the regular season, but the competition was simultaneously fierce and friendly, and the teams were for the most part well matched.  It was an opportunity for all the teams to play against competitors they don't usually face, as well as against some more familiar teams.  Fort Macleod's F.P. Walshe Flyers continued their undefeated season by winning the A division.  Halton's Hawks finished second in the A division.  Mountain View's Grizzlies finished first in the B division, with second place going to Kainai's T.M.S. Eagles.


Photos by K. Jorgenson, C. Davis, T. Lucas

"It's a great opportunity to play against other teams," said organizer/coach/referee/stats keeper Randy Whitehead.  "There was excellent competition throughout the weekend,"  Whitehead also gave special thanks to the volunteers, and to the Senior High basketball players who helped out with scorekeeping, concessions, and officiating.  He also thanked the players, coaches, referees, families, and all the fans who attended.  "There was great community support." 

The Teams:

A Girls
Halton Hawks
Livingstone Sabres
CNP Pandas
STM Dragons
Cardston Cougars
FPW Flyers

B Girls
Halton Hawks
STM Dragons
TMS Eagles
Mountain View Grizzlies

Videos:

^ Teams in the above video include: Livingstone, Matthew Halton, St. Michael's, Fort Macleod, Crowsnest Pass, and Cardston


^ Teams in the above video include the A & B Dragons, the Grizzlies, and the Pandas


^ Game for A Third Place between Cardston's Cougars (victor) and Livingstone's Sabres


^ B Girls final - Grizzlies (victor) vs Eagles


^ A Girls Final - Flyers (victors) vs Hawks

The Games:

Game 1: A Hawks (27) vs Sabres (22)

(Kim Jorgenson photos)
The tournament began with an epic contest between the host team A Hawks and the A Sabres. These closely matched teams were within a point or two of each other throughout the game. The Sabres were ahead 22-21 going into the final quarter, but the Hawks prevented them from scoring in the final quarter while scoring 4 points of their own, enough for the win, 27-22 Hawks. Madilyn Whitehead was Player of the Game for the Hawks and Alina Pharis was Player of the Game for the Sabres.

Game 2: A Flyers (49) vs Dragons (21)

(C. Davis photos)
Fort Macleod's F.P. Walshe Flyers sent the message they were in it to win it in their first game of the tournament, defeating the Dragons 49-21. The Dragons matched them in the second quarter, but a 21 point third quarter for the Flyers (with only 3 points for the Dragons) sealed their win. Tenaya Goodstriker was Player of the Game for the Flyers and Abby Smith was Player of the Game for the Dragons.

Game 3: B Grizzlies (37) vs Eagles (29)

Mountain View's Grizzlies and Kanai's Eagles proved to be well matched teams. The Grizzlies had a particularly strong third quarter which ultimately earned them the win, but Kainai outscored them by 3 in the final quarter, proving they could hold their own when challenged. These two teams would meet again the next day for a rematch in the game for first place. Ruth was Player of the Game for the Grizzlies and Jurnee was Player of the Game for the Eagles.

Game 4: B Dragons (win) vs Hawks


The Dragons won this encounter by a wide margin. Amanjot Sran was Player of the Game for the Hawks and Cadence Yellowhorn was Player of the Game for the Dragons.

Game 5: A Sabres (30) vs Pandas (25)


The Pandas had a strong second and final quarter in this close competition, and the Sabres had a strong second and third quarter, ultimately holding on for the win. Addy Halibert was Player of the Game for the Sabres and Haylee Williams was Player of the Game for the Pandas.

Game 6: A Cougars (29) vs Dragons (22)

The Cougars had a stronger first half against the Dragons to win this one by a narrow margin.  Both teams scored 15 points in the second half of the game.  Leah Gibbings was Player of the Game for the Cougars and Mya Citrigno was Player of the Game for the Dragons.

Game 7: B Grizzlies defeat Hawks

Mountain View's Grizzlies defeated the Hawks by a wide margin in this game.  Camila was Player of the Game for the Grizzlies and Dakota Grienage was Player of the Game for the Hawks.

Game 8: B Eagles (38) vs Dragons (22)

Kainai's Eagles had to work for their win in this game, but established a secure lead in the second and third quarters. August was Player of the Game for the Eagles and Aliyah Hungry Wolf was Player of the Game for the Dragons.

Game 9: A Hawks (41) vs Pandas (20)

(K. Jorgenson photos)
This game was more competitive than the score might indicate, but the Hawks outscored the Pandas in all four quarters to win it. Maron Lim was Player of the Game for the Pandas and Beyonce Crow Shoe was Player of the Game for the Hawks.

Game 10: A Flyers (36) vs Cougars (31)

The Flyers had a strong first half in this well-matched competition, and the Cougars rebounded and almost took it away from them in the second half. Kate Nish was Player of the Game for the Cougars and Sheridan George was Player of the Game for the Flyers.

Game 11: B Hawks (9) vs Eagles (0)

Lots of back and forth in this game, but little scoring, with all of that by the Hawks. Tegan Teneycke was Player of the Game for the Hawks and Keely was Player of the Game for the Eagles.

Game 12: B Grizzlies (32) vs Dragons (15)


The Dragons proved they could prevail against the Grizzlies in the first half of this game, but the Grizzlies had a much stronger second half to win it by a definitive margin. Danika Warkentin was Player of the Game for the Dragons and Katie was Player of the Game for the Grizzlies.

Game 13 - A Consolation: Dragons (26) vs Pandas (6)


The Dragons ended their time at the tournament on a high note with this win over the Pandas. The Pandas performed better earlier in the tournament, but seemed dispirited in this contest. Grace Zoratti was Player of the game for the Dragons and Staphanie Armstrong was Player of the Game for the Pandas.

Game 14 - A Third Place: Cougars (44) vs Sabres (10)


The A Cougars took third place with this decisive win over the Sabres. Shaylee Heavy Runner was Player of the Game for the Cougars and Hailey Grove was Player of the Game for the Sabres.

Game 15 - B Championship: Grizzlies 37 vs Eagles 34


This game for the B Girls Championship was an epic barnburner between two very well matched teams. It was tied 17-17 at the half, it was tied again 29-29 at the end of the third. Jurnee of the Eagles kept them in the game by scoring all 12 of their points in the third, on her way to a total of 23 points. The teams were withing two points of each other for almost all of the game. The final low scoring quarter was a testament to the defensive abilities of both teams. The Grizzlies won it in the last four minutes. First place for Mountain View's Grizzlies, second place for Kainai's Eagles. Danielle was Player of the Game for the Eagles and Taylor was Player of the Game for the Grizzlies.

Game 16 - A Championship: Flyers (48) vs Hawks (37)


The Flyers romped to a 15-5 lead by the end of the first quarter of the A Girls final, including a buzzer beater. That romped continued through the second quarter and they were ahead 26-11 at the half. The Hawks outscored them 12-9 in the third but the Flyers regained their momentum in the final quarter to win the game and the tournament. It was exciting to watch, both teams pushing hard throughout. Tavin Goodstriker was Player of the Game for the Flyers. Anna Bruder was Player of the Game for the Hawks. First place for the Flyers, second place for the Hawks.

It was the second tournament win in a row for the Flyers, according to head coach Al Black Water. They won the Vulcan tournament the weekend before the Hawks tournament, and are undefeated so far in league play this season.

Organizer/Hawks coach Randy Whitehead was pleased with how the team performed. "They have come a long way since November, they have been working really hard."

Wrap-up:


Organizers and volunteers are to be credited for once again pulling off a highly successful event at the Matthew Halton High School gym, with a special tip of the hat to the above mentioned MHHS athletic director Randy Whitehead, who always goes beyond the call of duty to make these events happen. The Voice also thanks him for his assistance in assembling the story below. Another tip of the hat from us is due Kim Jorgenson for contributing so many wonderful photos to our coverage. Special mention is also due the competitors and parents from St. Michael's and Livingstone schools who stuck around to cheer on the final contestants in the tournament. The feeling of community infused the event in a wonderful way for both days.


A First Place - FPW Flyers
A Second Place - MHHS Hawks
A Third Place - Cardston Cougars
B First Place - TMS Grizzlies

B Second Place - TMS Eagles

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