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F.P. Walshe Flyers soar to zone basketball bronze medals

Courtney Ross of the Flyers is surrounded by Kainai Lady Warriors fighting for the rebound.

Haley Cervo of the Flyers faces tough defence from the Kainai Lady Warriors.

Harlee Grier of the Flyers battles for possession of the ball.

Sheridan George of the Flyers tries to dribble out of close coverage by the Kainai Lady Warriors.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers soared to third place Saturday in the 2A high school girls zone basketball championship tournament.
Seeded sixth going into the tournament at Lethbridge College, the Flyers upset two higher-ranked teams, losing only to the eventual tournament champion.
Flyers 58 Pride 53
The Flyers opened the tournament Wednesday with a stunning 58-53 come-from-behind win over the higher-ranked Kate Andrews Pride.
The underdog Flyers went into the tournament ranked No. 6, while the Pride were ranked No. 3.
Kate Andrews showed early why they were ranked so high as they opened a 22-13 lead in the first quarter.
The second quarter was more even but the Coaldale team went into the break leading 34-26.
The tide turned in the third quarter as the Flyers outscored the Pride 16-12 to narrow Kate Andrews’ lead to 46-42.
The Flyers dominated the fourth quarter, pouring in another 16 points while holding the Pride to just seven to pull out a 58-53 win.
Sheridan George led the charge for the Flyers with 28 points and Esther Oosterwijk cut the cords for 20.
Tess Luther scored eight points and Sidney Wolff had two for F.P. Walshe.
Kaci Abrey was top scorer for Kate Andrews with 15. Victoria Reed had 12 and Mackenzie Gugyelka had 11.
In other first round action on Wednesday, No. 2 Kainai Lady Warriors beat No. 7 Matthew Halton Hawks 85-15.
In first round games on Thursday, No. 1-ranked Immanuel Christian Eagles beat No. 8 Willow Creek Composite Cobras 121-20 and No. 5 Vauxhall Queens upset No. 4 St. Mary’s Auroras 55-50.
Warriors 88 Flyers 26
Kainai Lady Warriors took control early Friday night on their way to n 88-26 semifinal win over the Flyers.
Kainai jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter and widened the gap to 46-12 by halftime.
The Lady Warriors led 67-19 after three quarters and continued their domination in the fourth quarter, winning 88-26.
Sheridan George was the only Flyer to hit double digits with 10 points.
Tess Luther had nine, Sidney Wolff had four, Courtney Ross had two and Esther Oosterwijk had one.
Chase Wells-Creighton led all scorers with 31 points for the Lady Warriors.
Lori-Ann Tailfeathers and Jordan Weasel Head each had nine points for Kainai, Brianna Breaker-Fox had seven and Gracie Little Bear, Angelina Day Chief and Jurnee Eagle Plume had six apiece.
In the other semifinal game Immanuel Christian crushed Vauxhall 117-25.
Flyers 55 Queens 41
The Flyers were dominant in the bronze medal game Saturday as they took the lead early and rolled to a 55-41 win over Vauxhall Queens.
F.P. Walshe led 20-12 after the first quarter, but Vauxhall narrowed the gap to 29-25 by halftime.
The Flyers opened a little more breathing room in the third quarter, pulling ahead 40-34, then outscored the Queens 15-7 in the final 10 minutes for the 55-41 win.
Sheridan George led all scorers with 25 points for the Flyers.
Esther Oosterwijk had a dozen points, Haley Cervo had 10, Tess Luther had six and Sydney Perry had two.
In the gold medal game Saturday, Kainai beat Immanuel Christian 87-74.
The Flyers are Harlee Grier, Sydney Perry, Haley Cervo, Sheridan George, Tess Luther, Sidney Wolff, Carola Bohlau, Esther Oosterwijk and Courtney Ross.

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