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Picture Butte Queens reign at F.P. Walshe girls basketball tournament

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Ashley Gunderson of the F.P. Walshe Flyers is mugged by Kamala Knight of the Oilfields Drillers in the semifinals.

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Hannah Bullock of the F.P. Walshe Flyers drives past Sarah Griffin of the Oilfields Drillers.

Picture Butte Queens were crowned champions Saturday night of a senior high school girls basketball tournament at Fort Macleod.
The Queens grounded host F.P. Walshe Flyers 53-40 in the championship game of the eight-team tournament.
Flyers 61 Titans 21
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday with a 61-21 win over Coaldale Christian Titans.
The Flyers were never threatened in this game as they opened a 22-4 halftime lead.
Cheyenne Hofer paced the Flyers with 17 points and Sam Bassett also hit double figures with 11 points.
Ashlee Koch had eight points, Katie Bullock had seven, Ashley Gunderson had five and Nicole Quinlan, Holly Bergo and Hannah Bullock each had four.
Flyers 63 Drillers 55
That win propelled the Flyers to the semifinals and a match-up with Oilfields Drillers, who beat County Central Hawks 75-7 in their opening game.
This one proved to be a thriller as the Flyers overcame a 33-18 halftime deficit to beat the Drillers 63-55.
Oilfields started strong, opening a 17-9 lead in the first quarter.
The Drillers kept pouring it on and built a 15-point lead by the break.
The Flyers defence stiffened in the second half, holding the Drillers to just 22 points.
Meanwhile, the Flyers started to find the range on offence and led by Hannah Bullock’s 15 second-half points poured in 45 of their own to take a 63-55 win.
Hannah Bullock finished the game with 16 points, tying Kamala Knight of Oilfields as the game’s top scorer.
Bassett had 10 points for the Flyers, Katie Bullock had eight, Hofer had seven, and Gunderson had six.
Bergo, Koch and Quinlan each scored four.
Queens 53 Flyers 40
The Flyers advanced to Saturday’s championship game against Picture Butte Queens, who had won games against Vauxhall Vi-Queens and Willow Creek Composite Cobras.
The Queens relied on a tough zone defence to prevent the Flyers from getting high percentage shots down low and that proved the difference as Picture Butte won 53-40.
Emily Johnson of Picture Butte led all scorers with 12 points.
Bergo was the Flyers top scorer with 10 points and Hannah Bullock had eight.
Katie Bullock had seven points, Basset had six, Hofer had five, Quinlan had four and Gunderson had two for the Flyers.

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