Sunday, 13 January 2008

The Dinos Continue on a Roll

This weekend saw both Dinos teams face tough battles with teams who's place in the standings don't reflect their quality.

My girls are now 6th ranked in the country, and they were playing Lethbridge who came into the weekend with a 1-9 record. Despite this, in both Friday's and Saturday matchups, the Dinos had trouble. Friday started OK, with a 23-16 score at the end of the first quarter, but their second quarter was poor at best. Outscored 17-15, were it not for a last minute buzzer beater by Courtney Coyle, we would not have go into the half in the lead. But fortunately they came out in the second half on fire, and won 91-64. Michelle Wilson had 20 points, 7 rebounds and a wicked game, the ever smiling Whitney Haswell had 19 points and another 7 rebounds. Saturday's contest was similar, but tight all the way through to the end of the 3rd quarter. The Dinos just could not get their defense together, and the offense wasn't clicking either. The only spark was Jane Meadwell, who just couldn't do anything wrong, and got fouled in the process, getting lots of free throw chances. She ended the night with 24 points, sinking 11 of 13 free throws. But we pulled it together in the last quarter, started playing tenacious D, and finished with a 79-66 victory.

The men are 4th ranked in the country, and Friday showed why Henry Bekkering is a huge part of that. Lethbridge could not stop him. He had three wicked dunks (an ally oop off Jeff Price, a 360 windmill and a double hander), killed from the 3 point arc, and walked away with 39 points in only 28 minutes of play. Powered by this, we won 102-72. Saturday, Lethbridge had it in for us, and came out hard and physical. They ended Q1 with a 21-18 lead. The Dinos fought back hard (quite literally) in Q2, outscoring Lethbridge 29-14 in the half, taking the score to 47-35 in our favour. A much more focused Dinos came out in the second half, and the points started to climb, and we outscored them 23-13 in Q3. Coach Dan then put in the second team, who held thier own, and the game ended 95-72.

Kudos to both Lethbridge teams who fought to the wire, proving there's no easy rides in Canada West.

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