Junior A Girls Win Zones
Some might call it a fairy tale story, or a classic underdog story, but no matter how you say it, the Holy Redeemer Junior A Girls won the Zone Basketball Championship in a triumphant fashion.
“These young ladies worked incredibly hard,” says Head Coach Brian Davison. “They certainly had their ups and downs throughout the season, but when they were faced the big championship tournament, they stepped up their game and really came through to win it.”
The Rebels squad had a great season winning a majority of their games and ended up being ranked first overall in the zone. The ranking would see them receive a bye in the first round of the Zone Championship, which was played on March 2nd in Mayerthorpe.
The Rebels’ first game, which doubled as the semi-final, came against their school division rivals, St. Joseph’s School from Whitecourt. It was a back and forth match with lots of scoring opportunities from both teams. In the end, HRH emerged victorious.
The win would place them in the gold medal game against Neerlandia. “I’m not going to lie, it was a really tense game,” says grade 9 player Zoe Schwitz. “Our team suffered a key injury at the beginning of the fourth quarter when we were still tied.” Schwitz referred to star grade 8 player Madison Materi. “She is such a hard worker, it was hard to lose for the remember of the game,” says Davison.
The fourth quarter saw tons of end to end action from both teams. When asked if any one team member stepped up to lead the team on the court, Schwitz said it was definitely grade 9 player Alyssa Vankosky. “She was amazing,” says Schwitz. “There were times when she would outmuscle three opponents to win the ball and score a basket.”
And when the final buzzer came, the Rebels stood tall as the winners by a score of 47-42.
“It was such an amazing feeling to win the gold medal,” says Schwitz. “Everyone did an absolutely amazing job. I think we really turned a lot of heads too.”
The season is now complete for the Girls squad who bring home another championship banner to hang in the school gymnasium. Many of the team have now played their final junior high game and will move onto high school next year.
The Junior A Boys also had a successful final weekend of the basketball season as they won the bronze medal at Zones.
Overall, the junior high teams had HRH saw much success during the 2018-2019 season, and needless to say the school looks forward to even more championships in the future.