© Steven Mah
2013/14 Ardens Basketball
The Swift Current Comp. Ardens senior girls basketball team extended their season by one weekend with a win Friday to qualify for Regionals.
The Ardens won their SHSAA 4A Girls Conference opener at home on Friday before losing the semi-final on Saturday.
The Ardens opened the tournament with an easy 63-45 win over Moose Jaw Vanier to book a trip to Regionals. The Ardens came out of the blocks slowly but they started to score easy transition baskets to lead 19-11 after the first quarter. Their defense took over in the second quarter as they held Vanier to four points for a 37-15 lead at halftime to put the game out of reach. The second half was a mere formality as the Ardens kept their bodies fresh and cruised to the victory.
They sputtered early against Lumsden Saturday and trailed by over 20 points at times before eventually losing 80-66 in a wildly entertaining contest.
They got out to an awful start but did well to cut the deficit to 40-27 at halftime. The Ardens heated up in the third quarter to score 26 points for a 57-53 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
Their comeback bid was dealt a blow when grade 12 guard Shae-Lynn Bolton injured her ankle early in the fourth quarter and Lumsden outscored them 21-11 the rest of the way for a 14-point win to move on to the Conference final against Moose Jaw AE Peacock.
“We came out slow in the first quarter,” admitted Ardens’ assistant coach Duane Regier. “Then we really pulled it together and got back in the game to be down by four. We fought until the end and we just couldn’t pull it together in the last two minutes.”
“If we would have started off the way we played in the second half we definitely would have had that game in the bag,” added grade 11 guard Katie Darlington-Kuebler.
“We ran the floor more. We looked more into the post and our shots started to fall,” she said of her team that went blow for blow with Lumsden compared to the one that trailed by over 20 points early in the second quarter.
The Ardens will likely be on the road next weekend for a four-team Regional tournament where they will need to win both games to advance to Hoopla in Regina the following weekend.