Loney to add local flavour to RDC Queens next season

Besides building a championship team, RDC Queens basketball head coach Ken King would love to add local talent. “We’d love to add girls from Red Deer and Central Alberta,” he said. “We are trying to make sure we can do our part to grow interest in the game and the quality of the game here.”

Besides building a championship team, RDC Queens basketball head coach Ken King would love to add local talent.

“We’d love to add girls from Red Deer and Central Alberta,” he said. “We are trying to make sure we can do our part to grow interest in the game and the quality of the game here.”

King will add one of the top players out of Central Alberta next season with the addition of Hunting Hills star forward Kristen Loney.

The 17-year-old has the size, strength, athletic ability and overall desire for the game to step in at the next level.

“Kristen has an athletic build and attitude to help her develop once she gets to college,” added King. “She will have the opportunity to grow a lot playing against a lot of competitive people in practice and in a different atmosphere.”

Loney indicated she will also play with the newly formed U18 Queens Club team.

“Playing club and practising with us at the college it will give her a chance to develop in the off season,” said King, who likes the fact she enjoys playing inside.

“That’s huge in that she likes the physicality and doesn’t allow that physicality to affect her emotions, which will serve her well.”

“I’ve always played inside and enjoy that part of the game … I feel rebounding is a strength,” she said.

Loney was born and raised in Red Deer and got into basketball in Grade 5.

“I had two brothers who played and that’s the reason I got into it,” she explained.

She also plays volleyball, soccer, handball and runs cross-country, but decided to try to play post-secondary in basketball while in Grade 9.

“We had an awesome team, coached by Jody Potts,” she said. “We were so close as a team that year and most of the same girls carried on to Grade 12.

‘The other sports I enjoy but mainly got into them because my friends were doing them.”

Although she likes playing inside, Loney, who is listed at close to six-foot, attended point guard camps in Seattle the last two years.

“I know it was for guards, but I just kind of showed up anyway,” she said with a laugh. “But it was good. I handled the ball a lot and in college I won’t be the tallest so I have to have other strengths as well, other than just being tall.”

Loney played in the high school 4A basketball playoffs in Red Deer last weekend and also in the 3A-4A Senior Bowl at RDC on Monday. She had 17 points in the Senior Bowl and was one of the leaders during the provincials, which saw the Lightning finish tied for 13th.

“We wanted to play better, but it was an awesome experience,” she said. “It was nice playing against tough teams. We went in (ranked 14th) and were hoping to finish higher and technically we did.”

Loney indicated she learned a thing or two at the provincials.

“I realized I needed to step up my game against tough competition,” she said. “You have to work harder to get better. One thing I did learn is that I need to finish better. It kind of gets in my head and I don’t finish as much as I want.”

She hopes to continue to work on that with the club program, prior to joining the Queens.

“The more I get to play the better,” she said.

Just Posted

Rural transit service rolled out

2A South Regional Transit will link Innisfail and Penhold with Red Deer

Some Red Deer waste collection schedules change due to holiday season

Tuesday collections will be moved for two weeks

Red Deer ‘champion’ helps hospital by sharing ongoing petition

It’s been about three years since many physicians at Red Deer Regional… Continue reading

Red Deer Airport’s prospects are looking up for 2019

Ultra-low-cost passenger service is on the horizon

Funding down for Red Deer Christmas charities

Food hampers and toys for children going out to those in need

Alberta’s Sundial starts shipping to AGLC this week

Sundial’s Rocky View facility has received the green light from Health Canada… Continue reading

Penny Marshall dead at 75, best known as TV’s Laverne and director of ‘Big,’ ‘A League of Their Own’

Bronx-born Penny Marshall, who found ’70s sitcom success on “Laverne and Shirley”… Continue reading

Chabot scores overtime winner to lift Senators over Predators 4-3

OTTAWA — Thomas Chabot saw an opening and he took it. And… Continue reading

Canadian Marielle Thompson earns World Cup ski cross bronze in season opener

AROSA, Switzerland — Canada’s Marielle Thompson captured bronze at the opening World… Continue reading

Canada doesn’t make Oscars short list for best foreign language film

LOS ANGELES — Canada is no longer in the running for best… Continue reading

Warrant issued for arrest of ‘Schwimmer lookalike’ suspect

LONDON — A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an… Continue reading

Moneywise: Canadian workers unhappy with pay, want pension plans

Many working Canadians are feeling underpaid and are so worried about their… Continue reading

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

RIO DE JANEIRO — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing… Continue reading

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

VANCOUVER — Nicola Froese says she has always loved playing sports, but… Continue reading

Most Read