Skyhawks win, Blues lose provincial openers


The St. Albert Skyhawks and Paul Kane Blues experienced mixed results in Thursday’s lid-lifters at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association women’s basketball championship in Medicine Hat.

In the round of 16 at the 4A tournament, the No. 2-seeded Skyhawks whipped the No. 15 Charles Spencer Mavericks of Grande Prairie 98-29 and the No. 8 Blues lost 65-61 to the No. 9 Western Canada Redhawks of Calgary.

The results put the Skyhawks (27-6) in the championship bracket and the Blues (25-7) are slotted in the consolation side of the draw.

On Friday morning, the Skyhawks battled the No. 7 Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Rams and the Blues played the No. 16 Lloydminster Barons. Scores were unavailable at press time.

Thursday’s opening games included the Rams defeating the No. 10 Leduc Tigers 57-44 and the No. 1 Centennial Coyotes of Calgary crushed the Barons 76-10.

The Skyhawks and Blues also had games scheduled Friday afternoon.

The Skyhawks faced the No. 3 Bishop Carroll Cardinals of Calgary or the No. 6 Magrath Zeniths in the semifinals or in the seventh/eighth playoff bracket and the Blues were up against the No. 12 Medicine Hat Kwahommies or the No. 13 Chestermere Lakers. Scores were unavailable at press time.

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Today’s medal finals are 2 p.m. for bronze and 6 p.m. for gold and the 10 a.m. consolation final will determine the fifth and sixth place teams at provincials.

The Skyhawks entered provincials as winners of five in a row after losing to the Blues 55-51 Feb. 12 at the SkyDome and two of the victories during an 11-day span were against the provincial champion Jasper Place Rebels (29-4), seeded fifth in this year’s tournament. The second win was 68-58 in the metro Edmonton division one final March 3 at Jasper Place.

Before the provincial opener, the Blues were 2-2 after beating the Skyhawks.

At last year’s provincials, the Skyhawks won consolation honours as the No. 7 seed and the Blues finished 2-1 in the championship side as the No. 9 seed.

The Skyhawks have four returnees on the roster and the Blues have six Grade 12s and eight returnees overall in their lineup.

FREE THROWS: The Sturgeon Spirits made their provincial debut in high school women’s basketball Thursday at Cochrane and lost 72-40 to the Bowness Trojans of Calgary.

Friday’s score against the Holy Rosary Raiders of Lloydminster was unavailable at press time as the Spirits were competing in the ninth to 12th placement bracket.

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The Spirits, the metro Edmonton division two champions, were listed sixth in the third 3A rankings of the season.


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Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.