By Woodard, Dale on December 13, 2019.
The Kate Andrews High School Christmas Basketball Festival kicked off Thursday in Coaldale at Kate Andrews and R.I. Baker School.
In the opening girls game Thursday afternoon, the host Pride were defeated 74-49 by the Taber St. Mary’s Auroras.
Leading the Auroras was Brittney Medina with 14 points. Kourtney Bos scored 12 points for St. Mary’s and Nataya Met had 11.
For the Pride, Evelyn Ferguson had a 12-point game and Mackenzie Gugyelka and Bailey Kasko had eight and seven points, respectively.
In other girls action on opening day, the Stirling Lakers got past Pincher Creek Matthew Halton 47-43.
Courtney McKee led Stirling with 14 points. Halle Smith and Hillary Shockey added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Noa Jensen and Abi Whitehead each scored 13 points for Matthew Halton.
Medicine Hat Crescent Heights got their weekend off on a winning note with a 62-58 decision over the Winston Churchill Griffins.
Julia Forsyth paced Crescent Heights with 16 points and Kennedy Galloway and Kelsey Mann each put up 13.
For the Griffins, Abigail Crown led the way with 18 points, while Carly Stimson scored 11 and Nataeya Black Water had 10.
Vauxhall and Fort Macleod F.P. Walshe were playing in the late game Thursday night at press time.
In boys action Thursday, the host Pride scored an 87-78 win over the Vulcan County Central Hawks despite a 49-point performance from Vulcan’s Luke Jackson.
Grant Gettman put up 19 points for Kate Andrews and Colten Dancoisne added 18.
Ethan Warren added 17 points for the Hawks.
The Taber St. Mary’s Celtics got a 35-point outing from Carter Hendricks in an 82-41 win over the Coaldale Christian Academy Titans.
Beau Huseby added 16 points for the Celtics and Seth Muller added 10.
Owen De Boer led the Titans with 21 points and Liam Slomp added 18. Ethan VanderHeide also hit double digits for Coaldale Christian with 10 points.
The Vauxhall Vikings earned an 82-53 win over the Livingston Sabres.
Carl Dick paced Vauxhall with 25 points. Tyler Boudreau and Ty Weavers chipped in with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Joseph Lowry topped the Sabres with 20 points, while Logan Olsen scored 12.
Fort Macleod F.P. Walshe and Claresholm Willow Creek were playing in the late Thursday game at press time.
Day 2 of the Christmas Festival continues today.
There are two games are at R.I. Baker at 2:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Another pair of games go at Kate Andrews at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.