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Flyers add Winter Classic crown to the trophy case

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The tournament champion F.P. Walshe Flyers. Back row, from left: coach Craig Patton, Cheyenne George, Jessica Wadsworth, Kylie Hearn, Amy Craig, Sydney Perry, Dylan Baxter and F.P. Walshe mascot Angus. Front row, from left: Marissa Small Legs, Esther Bond, Payton Van Driesten, Esther Oosterwijk, Carson Smith and Akira Goodin.

F.P. Walshe Flyers won four straight games Saturday to place first in their own Winter Classic junior high B girls basketball tournament.
The Flyers beat Matthew Halton Hawks, Senator Gershaw Gators, Willow Creek Cobras and TMS Eagles to claim the title.
Flyers 42 Hawks 17
The Flyers were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as they opened the tournament at 8 a.m. against Matthew Halton Hawks from Pincher Creek.
The Flyers grounded the Hawks 42-17 as Esther Oosterwijk and Payton Van Driesten scored 12 points apiece for F.P. Walshe.
Amy Craig had eight points for the Flyers, Dylan Baxter had four, and Sydney Perry, Akira Goodin and Kylie Hearn had two apiece.
Flyers 45 Gators 11
In their next game the Flyers caged Senator Gershaw Gators from Bow Island 45-11.
F.P. Walshe was dominant in this game, shutting out the Gators in the first half while pouring in 30 points.
Amy Craig and Esther Oosterwijk had 10 points each for the Flyers.
Sydney Perry had five points, Dylan Baxter had six, Payton Van Driesten, Marissa Small Legs and Cheyenne George each had four and Kylie Hearn had two.
Flyers 40 Cobras 20
The Flyers opened a 20-9 halftime lead on their way to a 40-20 win over Willow Creek Composite Cobras in their third game of the day.
Amy Craig led the Flyers with 14 points and Esther Oosterwijk and Payton Van Driesten had six apiece.
Sydney Perry, Akira Goodin and Marissa Small Legs scored four apiece and Kylie Hearn had two.
Flyers 65 Eagles 40
The final game of the tournament on Saturday night was a showdown between two undefeated teams.
TMS Eagles from the Blood Reserve beat Matthew Halton 57-25, Senator Gershaw 65-18 and Willow Creek Composite 43-23.
The Eagles had also grounded the Flyers in a league game earlier in the week.
The game was a battle as expected, with the two teams trading points through the first quarter as the Flyers opened a 15-13 lead.
The F.P. Walshe defence stiffened in the second quarter, holding the Eagles to just four points, as the Flyers pulled in front 29-17.
The Eagles fought back in the third quarter, outscoring the Flyers 16-14 but could not make up much ground.
The Flyers held their ground in the fourth quarter to emerge with a 65-40 win to claim the tournament tite.
Amy Craig scored 26 points and Esther Oosterwijk had 22 for the Flyers.
Payton Van Driesten scored nine and Akira Goodin, Marissa Small Legs, Sydney Perry and Esther Bond each had two.

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