Jonas wins gold and silver

By Rhonda Cooper
The Jonas Samson Junior High girls “A” basketball team captured gold when it hit the hardwood at the North Battleford tournament Dec. 9-10.

The six-team tournament saw the Stingers handle their opponents quite handily.

“The competition was mediocre,” admitted coach Avril Skolney. “We usually travel to eight-team tournaments.”

After posting decisive victories along the way, the final featured Lloydminster’s Holy Rosary against Meadow Lake.

“We were challenged a bit in the final, as Holy Rosary was a tall team,” she said.

It was a battle of te sexes at Jonas Samson Junior High School last Thursday. Instead of a regular practice for the girls A team, a scrimmage against the boys was used to prepare for the Lloydminster tournament Dec. 16-17.

Skolney was pleased with the play of her guards.

“They are very quick and made great offensive moves on turnovers,” she said. “They made lay-up after lay-up.”

She cited Grade 8 students Alyssa Timmer and Devri Michel and Grade 9 student Taiya Paylor as standouts in North Battleford.

The team captured its second medal – silver – at Lloydminster’s Holy Rosary six-team tournament held Dec. 16-17.

Friday night’s game featured the Stingers against Bishop Lloyd. According to Skolney it wasn’t until the third quarter that the team found their legs but they did score a 10-point victory.

Their first game on Saturday was against John Paul II whom the Stingers easily handled setting up a rematch against Holy Rosary in the final.

“We were at a disadvantage because we only played half court,” said Skolney. “We’re a team who does a lot of fast breaking and scoring points on transitions and we were unable to do that.”

Despite the challenges, the Stingers lost the final by just four points.

“The girls played really well,” she said. “Our shots just did not fall for us.”

Going into the Christmas break the girls have a 4-win and 2-loss record and will hit the gym for a couple of practices during the holiday in preparations for the Macklin tournament Jan. 13-14.

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