Ardens win gold on home court

Steven Mah
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The SCCHS Senior Ardens basketball team won all three games on home court to win their four-team tournament.

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The Swift Current Comp. Senior Ardens basketball team hit their stride this weekend with three straight wins to win a four-team tournament on their home court.

The Ardens opened the tournament with a 72-70 overtime win over the North Battleford Comp. Vikings Friday evening. The Ardens had the ball with 10 seconds remaining in regulation and the game tied 62-62. They created two great opportunities to score out of the timeout but could not get the winning basket to fall. “I’m happy with how the girls responded in overtime, rather than lamenting about our missed opportunity they refocused and played well in overtime to earn the win,” said head coach Andrew Herrick.

Grade 10 guard Jade Addai led the Ardens with 20 points and Katie Darlington-Kuebler and Shae-Lynn Bolton both added 16 points in a win that will be important for the 4A provincial playoff seeding next month.

The Ardens faced a major test in their second game against the Indian Head Broncs, the province’s top ranked 3A team. The Ardens had lost and won in their two previous meeting with Indian Head but the win was over a Broncs team that wasn’t at full capacity.

The Ardens used a second-half surge to get past Indian Head 61-57 led by 18 points from Bolton, 15 from Addai, and 10 from Cheyenne Kendall.

“The Indian Head game is probably the most complete game that we have played all year. All 12 girls contributed and executed our game plan. Going into the game defensively we knew we had to key on their post player who earlier this year had scored 42 against us, and the girls did a great job holding her to only 13 points this time.  Offensively our plan was to just use our athleticism and run the floor and I think our girls did a great job really pushing the tempo,” said Herrick.

“Considering this same team had beat us six weeks ago by 30, it really showed the girls that their hard work is paying off and our improvements across the roster have been significant,” he added.

The Ardens closed out the tournament with a 60-39 win over the Saskatoon Centennial Chargers. Darlington-Kuebler paced the offense with 17 points and Addai and Bolton both added 10.

“In the Centennial game we had a little bit of a let down after two big wins earlier in the weekend,” said Herrick. “We probably were not as focused as we need to be and that led to sloppy play on the court. Luckily this time we got away with it and finally turned it around in the fourth quarter closing the game out on a 17-4 run.”

The Ardens are now 9-1 since the Christmas break and have a 15-4 record overall after winning their second tournament of the season.

“Overall it was a great weekend and the girls are really starting to hit their stride. I’m excited to see what we can do against some tough competition in North Battleford this weekend,” said Herrick.

The Ardens will be in North Battleford this weekend for the Viking Invitational Tournament.  

Organizations: SCCHS, SHSAA, Ardens Basketball

Geographic location: Swift Current, Indian Head, North Battleford

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