Women ballers devour competition

Success is like sex-you always crave it and it feels good.

During the climax of this weekend’s Panda Hoopfest in Edmonton, the women’s basketball team managed to come first with three stimulating wins.

These wins were not easily won nor were they possible without the women’s wonderful work. In the first two games, they were comfortably ahead, before blowing their leads and going into overtime.

“We don’t know how to put the nail in the coffin,” explained Head Coach Shawnee Harle with an All Hallows Eve twinkle in her eye. “Our lack of experience really showed up.”

In the first game against Concordia, the Dinos led by 12 with eight minutes left, but quickly lost ground and found themselves fighting to force overtime, which they won handily 82-69. Tanya Hautala hit 4 for 7 from beyond the arc, ending up with 22 points, while Jessica Foltinek had career highs in points and rebounds with 21 and 17, respectfully.

“I had to prove to myself that I could be a dominant post,” Foltinek proclaimed.

The Dinos found themselves in a similar debacle in the next game against Bishops, who trounced the ladies the previous weekend. Another overtime victory was fuelled by strong performances from the whole team, especially the starters. These efforts led to a 90-83 dubya.

Foltinek scored 19, Hautala added 18, Sheri Jonkers netted 17, Cory Bekkering tallied 12, and Lindsay Maundrell downed 12 while earning herself player of the game honours.

The final game featured a very tired Dinos team playing a strong Queens team. Down at the half and definitely fatigued, the ladies battled back to come out victorious 58-54. Hautala scored 21 and was awarded player of the game. Maundrell chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.

“This is good momentum leading into league play,” said a very enthusiastic Hautala. “We had to prove to ourselves and our coaches that we can win.”

“They showed a lot of character and guts,” Harle cautiously gloated. “We can contend with anyone in the league.”

The Dinos enter league play Nov. 7 in Lethbridge.

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