Raiders win gold at Junior Varsity basketball league finals

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders captured gold on the girls’ side of the Central Alberta High School Junior Varsity Basketball League playoffs at Hunting Hills and Notre Dame during the weekend.

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders captured gold on the girls’ side of the Central Alberta High School Junior Varsity Basketball League playoffs at Hunting Hills and Notre Dame during the weekend.

The Raiders, who have lost one game all season, and none in league play, downed the Hunting Hills Lightning 67-40 in the final.

Bretton Bowd had 22 points and Kinnedy Graham 20 for LTCHS while Nicole Fischer had 15 and Drew McKinlay 10 for the Lightning.

The Raiders defeated Camrose 65-31 in the semifinals while Hunting Hills defeated the West Central Rebels of Rocky Mountain House 56-47.

Reece McGuire had 13 points for LTCHS and McKinlay hit 20 and Fischer eight for the Lightning. Karina Stevenson had 12 for the Rebels, who defeated Camrose 47-45 to take third place.

On the consolation side, Wetaskiwin downed Lacombe 46-38 in the final with Paige Williams hitting 15 points. Miranda Little had 10 for Lacombe.

Earlier Wetaskiwin stopped Ponoka 57-48 and Lacombe downed Notre Dame 76-46.

Brittany Ness had 14 points for Ponoka. Courtney Petrie had 17 for Lacombe and Jonna Suerte 12 for Notre Dame.

Meanwhile on the boys’ side the Wetaskiwin Sabres stopped the Lightning 75-67 in the final as Dallas McMurrer had 25 points and Taylor McCallum 15. Chris Petersen had 23 points and Matt Mackie 10 for the Lightning.

The Sabres reached the final with a 79-71 win over the top-seeded Notre Dame Cougars while the Lightning beat LTCHS 66-63.

Elias Buwalda had 18 points for the Sabers while Ken Villaluz had 24 and Keegan MacDonald 12 for the Cougars.

Mackie had 28 points and Even Petriew 14 for the Lightning and Cam Black 16 and Justin Van Tetering 11 for LTCHS.

The Cougars went on to down the Raiders 70-56 in the third-place game as Keno Villaluz and Ken Villaluz had 13 points each. Lee Wager had 18 and Kolbi Street 11 for the Raiders

On the consolation side, Camrose beat West Central 50-24. Zac Hazen had nine points for the Rebels, who beat Lacombe 66-65 in the semifinal.

Erik Weckesser had 24 points for the Rebels and Jesse Hagel 21 for Lacombe.

Camrose downed Ponoka 39-38. Braden Doll had 11 for Ponoka.

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