By Woodard, Dale on March 10, 2020.
The Southern Alberta High School Basketball League boys and girls junior varsity playoffs kicked off Monday night.
In boys play, the top-ranked LCI Rams defeated the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 88-59 as Crew Hirsche led the way with 24 points.
Jace Edwards had 13 points for LCI and Carson Procee and Asher Bridge scored 11 each.
For the Bulldogs, Manga Bukuru had a 17-point night.
In Raymond, the second-seeded Raymond Comets posted a 95-49 decision over the seventh-seeded Chinook Coyotes.
Jacob MacDonnell led the Comets with 16 points and West James had 15. Ryker Dewsbery (13), Josh Runquist (12), Daylen Wilde (12) and Konnor Kanyo (11) also topped the 10-point mark for the Comets.
The third-ranked Cardston Cougars got past the sixth-seeded Catholic Central Cougars in Cardston.
Leading the home side was Hayden Weasel Head with 27 points. Hyrum Scott struck for 23 points, Brysen Scott added 19 and Mitch Francis put up 13.
Catholic Central was led by Dave Dahoe’s 25 points and Sebastian Plarisan’s 16. Derek Trapp and Nikolai Westwood each had 12 points.
In Medicine Hat, the fifth-ranked Magrath Zeniths got past the fourth-ranked Mohawks 89-80 as Joseph Van Bruggen hit the 20-point mark for Magrath.
Espen Steffenson scored 14 points for the Zeniths and Levi Balderson and Ty Michelson had 10.
The Mohawks were topped by Jordon Mulder with 15 points, while Sebastian Perez chipped in with 13. Ty Aasman and Tryton Stelter each added 12 points for Medicine Hat.
In junior varsity girls play Monday night, the number-two ranked Raymond Comets beat the seventh-seeded Chinook Coyotes 85-38 as Mataya Francis led the way with 26 points for the Comets. Drew Armener struck for 17 points for Raymond and Jane Heggie and Abi Edwards each added 11.
Maren Ferguson scored 12 points for the Coyotes.
At LCI, the third-ranked Clippers got past the sixth-ranked Taber W.R. Myers Rebels 59-37.
Leading the Clippers was Maddie French with 11 points, while Abbey Pallett had 10.
For the Rebels, Bryanne Jones had a 12-point game and Shylynn Rice drained 11 points.
The fifth-seeded Cardston Wildcats downed the fourth-ranked Catholic Central Cougars 63-55 as Blakley Shaw led Cardston with 20 points and Sasha Elliot had 19. Kamryn Nelson added 17 points for Cardston.
Leading Catholic Central was Mackenzie Schindeler with 16 points. Avorie Henderson added 11 for Catholic Central.
Action continues Wednesday.
In boys play, the Comets will host Cardston, while the Zeniths will head to LCI.
In girls play Wednesday, the Comets will host the Clippers, while Cardston heads to Medicine Hat to take on the top-ranked Kwahommies, who had a first round bye.
The girls JV gold medal game is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. The JV boys game follows at noon.
The SAHSBL 4A boys and girls playoffs also begin today.
On the boys side, the number-one ranked Comets host the eighth-seeded Winston Churchill Bulldogs at 7 p.m., while the Cardston Cougars (2) are at home against the Catholic Central Cougars (7) at 7 p.m.
The Medicine Hat Mohawks (3) host the Chinook Coyotes (6) at 8 p.m.
The Zeniths (4) take on the LCI Rams at 8 p.m. in Magrath.
In 4A girls play, the second seeded LCI Rams host Chinook (7) at 7 p.m. and the Magrath Pandas (3) plays Catholic Central (6) at 6 p.m. in Magrath.
In Medicine Hat, the fourth-seeded Kwahommies square off against Cardston (5) at 6 p.m.
The top-ranked Raymond Comets get a first-round bye and will play the winner of the game between Cardston and Medicine Hat.
The 4A boys semifinals are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre with the gold medal game going Saturday night at 8 p.m.
The 4A girls semifinals go at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday at the 1st Choice Savings Centre. The championship game is 6 p.m. Saturday, also at the 1st Choice Savings Centre.