Lions Face Strong Opponents in Lethbridge
Lions Fall to Highly Talented Lethbridge Squad
It was a tough night for the Ambrose Lions Women's Basketball Team as they took on the CCAA's fourth ranked team in the country. Lethbridge jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the first quarter and never looked back.
Capitalizing on steals as well as strong offensive rebounding, the Kodiaks asserted their dominance from tip-off to the final whistle. At halftime the Kodiaks led by a balanced attack, which by the end of the night had four players scoring double digit points, increasing their lead to 50-16.
The Lions tried to cut into the lead with a small run in the third quarter led by Catarina Dimonekene and Julie Mireles but the Kodiaks had racked up too many points to overcome. Lethbridge went on to win 90-49.
The players of the game were #8, Sunder West, scoring 22 points for the Kodiaks, and for the Lions #6, Catherine Montes, who scored a team high of 20 points for the Lions.
After the game Coach Mortis complemented the Kodiaks on their strong play and indicated he was more than content with how his team played despite the lopsided score. “I liked the fact that there was no quit in the girls; they kept going. I thought they had a better second than first half, so we will take this as a learning experience and use it as practice, getting ready for the other teams.”
The Lions will strive to use the lessons learned in their next game vs. Red Deer in the Lion’s Den on Friday, November 25th.
- Gabriel Brandt
Players of the Game
Fiesty Kodiaks Prove to be Too Much for the Lions
The Men's Basketball offense struggled to find its groove in their game, leading to a disappointing finish for the Lions, who lost to the Kodiaks 87 – 69.
A back and forth first quarter saw the Lions maintain striking distance as they trailed 20-17. To start the second, the Lions were charged with four quick fouls within the first three minutes, which forced them to make some changes defensively. The Kodiaks continued to push offensively and were able to increase their lead 29-21 mid-way though the second quarter. By halftime, they Kodiaks had steadily lengthened their lead, leaving the score at 41-30.
It was the kind of night where, although they were able to obtain some open looks, shots were not falling for the Lions; Ambrose was only shooting 34.8% from the field (compared to 53.8% for Lethbridge). Helping the Kodiaks shooting percentage was their ability to establish themselves in the paint. Lethbridge's dominance was due in large part to the play of their Player of the Game, Chris Maugha, who added 25 points to the Kodiaks total.
While Kelloway and Swiednicki both hit big threes in the fourth quarter, trying to spark the Lions' offense, Ambrose was unable to claw all the way back and complete a come-from-behind victory. Number 23, Blake Seebach, was the Lions P.O.G., scoring 14 points and pulling down 7 rebounds.
Next week Ambrose looks to improve their shooting as they take on Red Deer at home on Friday and travel to Olds on Saturday to face the Broncos.
- Gabriel Brandt
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