Lindsay Thurber Raiders player Hannah Wirtanen led the team with 13 points in a win over the Notre Dame Cougars on Tuesday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Lindsay Thurber Raiders look to clinch 4A Basketball zone finals Thursday

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders will have a chance for a clean sweep in the 4A Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association zone basketball finals on Thursday.

Both the Raiders senior girls and boys picked up victories on home court Tuesday and can win the best-of-three final later this week.

The senior girls, ranked number one heading into the series picked up a decisive 64-36 win over the Notre Dame Cougars.

Hannah Wirtanen was the leading scorer for the Raiders with 14 points and Hayley Lalor added 13 points. The top scorer for the Cougars was Ireland Black with 13 points.

The two teams will renew rivalries on Thursday at Notre Dame with tip-off set for 6 p.m.

The Raiders boys upset the number seed Lacombe Rams 73-70 on their home court to open the best-of-three series.

Vince Barbuco had a massive night for Lindsay Thurber with 29 points and Sean Vandervlis chipped in 15 points.

The top scorers for Lacombe were Jon Rick Tubungbanua with 13 points, Gabriel Capettini with 12 points, and Andrew Cunningham with 11.

Game 2 will be in Lacombe Thursday night at 6 p.m.

In the 3A Zone Girls Final, Wetaskiwin topped St. Joe’s 99-32 and will represent the Central Zone at 3A provincials next weekend.

H.J. Cody beat Stettler 45-36 and will face the St. Joe’s Falcons on Friday at 6 p.m., to determine the second berth for provincials.

In the 3A Boys Final, Camrose beat Wetaskiwin 66-52 to advance to provincials. H.J. Cody knocked out West Central 101-73 and will face Wetaskiwin on Friday at 6 p.m., for the second provincial berth.

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