Girls basketball teams from Shaunavon and Frontier have earned conference championships to vault themselves a step closer to advancing to Hoopla.
In a thrilling one-point contest, Shaunavon used home court advantage to earn the conference 3A title with a 48-47 win over Outlook in the championship final.
Shaunavon led by a 16-9 margin after the first quarter, but their lead was shrunk to just 28-26 at halftime and they were up 39-38 after three quarters. Shaunavon led by three points for much of the final quarter, but Outlook scored to make it a one point game with less than a minute left in the game. A late turn over gave Outlook the last possession, but in a long three point shot with a few clicks on the clock missed the mark.
Shaunavon was also tested by Outlook’s Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute (LCBI), with the Silhouettes leading just five points at the half before posting a 62-46 win. The game was tied at 16-16 after the first quarter, while Shaunavon earned a 30-25 halftime lead. Shaunavon pulled away in the third qurater while building a 53-32 lead.
Maple Creek also participated in the conference tournament, but they were unable to advance past the opening game after falling 49-48 to Kindersley.
Shaunavon settled for second place during conference play in Moose Jaw after dropping an 86-80 decision to host Moose Jaw Riverview.
Shaunavon reached the final at the six-team tourament, but Riverview ran their way to an eight point first quarter lead and pulled away with a 33-point effort in third quarter. Shaunavon tried to mount a fourth quarter comeback, pouring in 32 points, but they still came up six points short.
Shaunavon reached the final with a 75-59 win over Caronport. The Shadows enjoyed a five point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the evenly matched game featured Caronport taking a one point lead at halftime. Shaunavon came out flying in the second half and built a 14-point lead after three quarters enroute to the win.
Shaunavon will now compete in a regional four-team tournament in Moosomin on the weekend. They open play against Nipawin on Friday night, while host Moosomin clashes with Biggar.
Maple Creek also attended the conference tournament and the got off to a great start with a 92-16 win over Assiniboia. Maple Creek jumped into a 30-point first quarter lead and they outscored Assiniboia by a 23-7 margin in the second quarter. The Maple Creek defence held Assiniboia to only four points in the final quarter.
In the conference semi-final, host Moose Jaw Riverview posted an 80-58 win over Maple Creek to eliminate them from the playoffs. Riverview held a first quarter 10 point lead and they stretched their advantage to 20 points by halftime. Riverview held a comfortable 29 point lead after three quarters before Maple Creek outscored Moose Jaw by seven points in the fourth quarter.
Herbert played host to the regional conference playdowns and placed second with a 1-1 record.
Herbert opened play with a 95-63 win over Craik. Cory Braun led Herbert with 29 points, including five three pointers.
In the conference final Herbert dropped a 76-65 decision to Mortlach. The Mortlach squad grabbed an early lead and Herbert could not chip away at the lead to get back in the game. Braun was again Herbert’s top scorer with 18 points.
Frontier earned top spot at the conference tourament in Central Butte with back-to-back wins.
In the conference final Frontier posted a 90-74 win over host Central Butte.
Frontier opened play with an 81-42 win over Herbert. An intense full court press allowed Herbert to jump out to a 20-8 first quarter lead, but Frontier responded with a 22-8 performance in the second quarter to hold a 30-28 lead at halftime. Frontier’s press continued to create chances in the second half where they outscored Herbert by a 51-14 margin.
Herbert closed out the tournament with a 73-56 win over Plenty in the consolation final. Herbert had opened play in the six team tournament with a dominating 98-26 win over Elrose.
Frontier will host a regional four-team tournament this weekend to decide which team advances to Hoopla. Frontier hosts Plenty this Friday at 6 p.m., while an 8 p.m. game will feature Lake Lenore and Wolseley. On Saturday a consolation final will be held at noon, while the Hoopla qualifying game will tip off at 2 p.m.
Herbert will travel to Fillmore for a four-team regional tounament qualifier. Herbert opens qualifying against Radville, while Fillmore and Bengough are also vying for a trip to Hoopla.