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Kings and Queens basketball fall in regular season finales

It was a tough end to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference basketball season for RDC.

Both the Kings and Queens fell to the St. Mary’s University Lightning Saturday in the last game of the regular season on home court.

The Queens got behind 21-10 in the first quarter and were never able to overcome the deficit in the 72-67 loss to the Lightning.

Third-year Britney Peters led the Queens offensively with 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Off the bench, Lauren Cardinal had a huge night with a double-double, posting 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sophie Melin also chipped in 13 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

As a group, RDC shot 34.7 per cent from the field. The Lightning connected on 45.6 per cent of their attempts.

The Queens finished fifth in the ACAC South with a 10-11 record and missed the playoffs.

Red Deer product Spencer Klassen led the way for the Kings in a 92-81 loss to the Lightning. Klassen, a fifth-year guard had a game-high 24 points. Tyronn King also had a big game with a double-double, registering 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

RDC shot 38.6 per cent from the field.

The Kings (10-11) and Lightning (10-11) finished even in the standings with 20 points, although the Kings won the season series 2-1. The RDC Kings will grab the fourth and final playoff spot in the south.

They will open the ACAC Playoffs on March 5 at 3 p.m. in Camrose.

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