By Woodard, Dale on March 11, 2020.
The Southern Alberta High School Basketball League zone playoffs got underway Tuesday night at schools of the highest-seeded team.
Top-seed Raymond Comets opened with a 100-55 victory over No. 8 Winston Churchill Bulldogs as seven players hit double figures. Jeter Heggie led the winners with 20 points while Reuben Baldry, Drake Still and Liam Davison added 15 apiece. Payson Hill hit for 14 points, followed by Hayden Greep with 11 and Brady Baines with 10.
Polo Los Banes replied with 14 points for the Bulldogs while Tyreese Russell and Frank Campbell added 12 and 11 respectively.
In a battle of the Cougars, No. 2 Cardston upended No. 7 Catholic Central 108-65 as Braxen Scott led a balanced attack with 20 points. Graedon Woodward was next with 18, followed by Drasyn Card and Mitch Nelson with 16 apiece. Isaac Atwood chipped in with 12.
Josh Crawford paced CCH with 22 points while Isaiah Thomas and Tate Stroud added 15 and 14 respectively.
Magrath Zeniths, the No. 4 seed, held off No. 5 LCI Rams 99-87 as Dray Walburger scored a game-high 35 points and Cody Tollestrup added 31. Mason Hoffman followed with 13 points.
Tanner French scored 27 points in a losing cause and Garrett Procee added 18.
No score was available at press time in the game between No. 6 Chinook Coyotes and No. 3 Medicine Hat Mohawks.
At LCI, the No. 2-seeded Clippers upended the No. 7 Chinook Coyotes 98-29 as Brinna Jacobs and Darby Scott led the way with 14 points apiece. Kya Bester, Bailey Kutsch and Presley Heggie added 11 points each while Kennedy Tanner scored 10.
Takeo Uyesugi led the Coyotes with eight points and Teagan Viney added five.
The No. 3 seed Magrath Pandas rolled to a 75-50 win over No. 6 Catholic Central Cougars as Hattie Ogden tossed in 23 points and Lucy Wilde and Macie Wocknitz added 11 and nine respectively.
Claire Talbot led CCH with 13 points and Jordan Goruk added seven.
At Medicine Hat, the visiting No. 5 seed Cardston Cougars upset No. 4 Medicine Hat High Kwahommies 82-61 as Lauren Wolsey led the winners with 25 points while Abby Nelson and Jill Leishman added 15 apiece.
Kyler Varga replied with 15 points for the Kwahommies and Tori Kaczynski added 13.
All games move to the 1st Choice Savings Centre at the University of Lethbridge on Thursday.
In girls’ play, LCI will take on Magrath in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Carston will play top-seeded Raymond Comets, who received a first-round bye, in the other semi at 5 p.m.
On the boys’ side, Raymond will play Magrath in the semifinals at 7 p.m. while Cardston takes on the winner of Medicine Hat High and Chinook at 9 p.m.
The girls gold medal game is at 6 p.m. Saturday. The boys game is at 8 p.m.
The consolation final 2 p.m. Saturday for the girls and 4 p.m. for the boys.