Barons and Raiders compete in final tune-up before provincials

By Jamie Harkins

March 16, 2017 12:00 AM

CROSS-TOWN RIVALRY Baron Ricayla Robertson drives past Raiders defender Jessica Macdonald. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster Comprehensive School Barons and Holy Rosary High School Raiders senior girls basketball teams used a regular season ending exhibition match to prepare for this weekend’s provincial championships.
The Raiders and Barons went toe-to-toe through the first half with the latter leading 20-19 heading into the third quarter. Holy Rosary then stepped up the pressure to pull ahead 45-28 after 30 minutes before executing a dominant fourth period attack to capture a 58-38 win last Wednesday at Lloydminster Comprehensive School.
“It’s really just bragging rights more than anything,” said Raiders coach Josh Lyons. “We’re not competing for the same things being of different sizes and different expectations for the season as far as where we go, but anytime you can beat a cross-town rival it feels good.”
The Raiders senior girls team will compete in the 3A Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) championships in Medicine Hat this weekend. The club earned the berth with a 73-34 North East zone title win over the Cold Lake Royals at Holy Rosary School on Saturday.
Natalie Wiebe, coach of the Barons senior girls team, said the Raiders threw a different defensive scheme at them in the third quarter applying a lot of pressure on their offensive end of the court resulting in a number of timely turnovers.
“It’s always just a bit of a gut check and leave it all on the floor and continue to work hard,” said Wiebe. “We’re all about the little things (like) doing the passes correctly and our fundamentals correctly. I think that was our focus for the fourth quarter to try and rebound and come back.”
The Barons are off to Lethbridge for the ASAA 4A provincial championships this weekend after earning a bye in the North East zone finals. The club will enter the tournament as a bottom seed meaning they’ll face a top club early on.
“For us it’s to be able to tighten our level of play,” said Wiebe. “We’ll play teams that are very trained, very skilled, so I think that it’s an opportunity for us to heighten our level of play as well as learn from other clubs that have an incredible amount of skill.”

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