The RDC Queens squeaked out a narrow victory over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
For the second straight day, the Queens downed the higher seed in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference south division.
RDC frustrated the visiting Rattlers late in the game and did just enough to pull out the 55-52 win.
“I thought we did a lot of good things especially in the fourth quarter where we stayed calm and we weren’t worried or too excited about the gap,” Queens head coach Ken King said.
“We always say it’s a game of runs and they made a run in the second and third but we just had to be patient and trust our stuff that worked for us (Friday) and it worked again (Saturday) when we went back to it.”
The home side trailed 26-25 at half and 44-41 after three quarters but outscored the Rattlers 14-8 in the fourth.
That defensive performance in the fourth quarter was something King has come to expect from his group and he said it keeps him confident even when things are going that well on the offensive end.
“In those key situations, we aren’t calling timeouts very often to help ourselves on defence. We’re calling timeouts to help on offence because I believe we can get a stop and in key moments we got stops,” King said.
Third-year Emily White again led the way for the Queens with 13 points in 25 minutes despite having to sit a lot of the second half in foul trouble.
First-year Paige Schultz and Lauren Bailey played huge minutes off the in the win, and Schultz chipped in nine points and Bailey had six boards in 23 minutes. Three of Bailey’s rebounds came down the stretch to help the Queens climb back into the game.
Freshman Julia Friesen also played well in only ten minutes of action after playing just one on Friday night.
“Our first years this year are extremely willing to work and play whatever role we need from them that day,” King said.
“(Julia) went two-for-three for the field and pulled down a couple boards. That was huge. She has the same attitude and response no matter what. She’s always positive. Paige, same thing. (Friday) she didn’t score that well and (Saturday) she was capable of it and was able to get what she wanted.”
With the pair of wins on the weekend, the Queens are just two points behind the Olds College Broncos for fourth in the south and have six games remaining.
“We’re only getting more comfortable playing with each other. I think this weekend the credit goes to the ladies. We had great contributions across the board from so many people, they really deserved two wins,” King said.
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