Notre Dame takes home boys title at 30th annual Thurber basketball tournament

The Notre Dame Cougars downed Lester B Pearson of Calgary 72-66 to win the boys’ side of the 30th annual Lindsay Thurber Senior Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturday.

The Notre Dame Cougars downed Lester B Pearson of Calgary 72-66 to win the boys’ side of the 30th annual Lindsay Thurber Senior Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturday.

Tournament all-star Jordan Handel dropped in 26 points for the Cougars while MVP Dario Viveros added 20 points.

Earlier the Cougars downed Leduc 68-52 in the semifinals after beating Grande Prairie 79-46 in their opening game.

Viveros had 21 points and Handel 12 against Leduc while Handel had 41 and Viveros 16 against Grande Prairie.

Lester B Pearson reached the final with a 79-76 win over the LTCHS Raiders, who got 21 points from Jonah Penner and 13 from Spencer Klassen.

Leduc beat LTCHS 93-86 in the bronze medal game despite 31 points form Penner and eight each from Dallin Higham and Kane Weik.

In the first round, LTCHS beat Brooks 62-59 as Klassen had 16 points, Penner 13 and Tanner Rehn 12.

Pearson stopped Salisbury 90-40 and Leduc downed the Hunting Hills Lightning 81-57. Orrin Farries had 16 points and Joel Peterson 15 for the Lightning, who lost 59-56 to Grande Prairie in their second game and 51-50 to Brooks in the seventh-place game.

Farries had 17 points and Sean Campbell nine against Grande Prairie while Farries hit 18 and Campbell 14 against Brooks.

Grande Prairie won the consolation side with a 59-22 win over Salisbury.

Meanwhile Salisbury won the girls’ title with a 48-44 win over Hunting Hills.

Jada Wright had 11 points and Wendy Cortes eight for the Lightning, who downed Sturgeon 58-53 in the semifinal and Grande Prairie 64-35 in their opening game.

All-star Brittani Blake had 21 points and Cortes 14 against Sturgeon and Wright 16 and Teighan Ponto 14 against Grande Prairie.

Salisbury stopped LTCHS 57-56 in the semifinals after beating Bishop Grandin of Calgary 71-63.

Mikaela Kykkanen had seven points and Erin Seater six for the Raiders in the semifinal.

They then lost 66-53 to Sturgeon in the third-place game. Amy Whitesell had nine points and Cara Vanderlis eight for LTCHS, who beat Leduc 61-52 in their first game as Blyss Gellert had 14 points and Rachel Bysterveld nine.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame lost their opening game 39-37 to Sturgeon before beating Grande Prairie 55-47 and losing 57-49 to Bishop Grandin in the consolation final.

Molli Li and Amanda Orozco had nine points each against Sturgeon while Maddi Quinn hit 20 points and Megan Schmidt 12 against Grande Prairie and Quinn had 16 and Li nine against Grandin.

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