The Swift Current Comp. Ardens got another dose of top competition in Saskatoon this past weekend where they finished with one win and two losses.
“The Guardian Invitational Tournament is known to have some of the best teams across the Western Canada so we knew we were in for a great weekend of competition,” explained Ardens coach Andrew Herrick. “Over the weekend we faced a lot of adversity and I feel that helped us come together as a team.”
The Ardens opened the tournament with a 58-39 loss to Saskatoon’s St. Joseph Guardians. Grade 11 guard Shae-Lynn Bolton led the Ardens with 10 points and was named the team’s Player of the Game. Freshman guard Jade Addai added seven points in the loss.
They rebounded with a 52-51 win over Prince Albert Carlton. Senior forward Shay Smith and Bolton led the Ardens with 11 points apiece.
“In the game versus P.A. Carlton we were down 10 with about five minutes to go and we never gave up and eventually won with a buzzer beater by Katie Darlington-Keubler,” said Herrick. Darlington-Keubler was named the Ardens’ Player of the Game for her efforts.
The Ardens finished in sixth place overall after suffering a 61-51 loss to Winnipeg’s Vincent Massey in the Consolation Final. Bolton led the Ardens with 15 points and Addai added 12 on her way to Player of the Game honours.
“In the consolation final we had a short bench and were playing Vincent Massey out of Winnipeg, who is the fifth ranked team in Manitoba, and again the girls showed their resolve and gave them all they could handle before running out of steam at the end of the game,” said Herrick.
The Ardens record moved to 9-7 after jumping out to a 5-1 record to open the season. The Ardens have faced some of the top teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in the past two weeks alone as they prepare for the 4A Provincial Playoffs.
“Overall we are on the right track and I think we still have our best basketball ahead of us,” said Herrick.
The Ardens will be off now until March 1-2 when they will attend a tournament hosted by Notre Dame in Wilcox in their final tournament before the provincial playoffs begin the following weekend in Saskatoon.