High School Playoffs Begin
In senior action, Leduc teams began their journey to a championship on Tuesday, February 25th. Unfortunately for the Christ the King (CTK) girls and the Leduc Comp Senior Boys it was a short trip.
The CTK girls traveled to J. Percy Page School to take on the Panthers, a team they had narrowly defeated during round-robin play. The Panthers were not about to lose on their home court and the Chargers saw their hopes for a league championship come to an end with a 77 to 61 lost to J. Percy Page. CTK now waits for the Edmonton Zone 2A Zone playoffs scheduled for later this month.
The Leduc Comp senior boys played St. Albert in the crossover playoffs. The Skyhawks had finished third in their Pool and earned the right to host the sixth place Tigers. The Tigers had their hands full and were not able to hold off the Skyhawks offense and fell 81 to 69 ending their hopes for a championship.
The Leduc Comp senior girls’ did advance to the quarterfinals with their victory over the Lillian Osborne Legends. The Tigers hosted the Legends on Tuesday, February 25th and found themselves in quite a battle before gaining a 61 to 55 victory. This victory earned the Tigers a match against the Pool B’s number one ranked team the St Joseph Saints on Tuesday, March 4th. Success in this game would advance Leduc to the semifinals on Thursday, March 6th.
In junior play the Leduc Junior girls finished fourth in league play and hosted fifth place Jasper Place on Tuesday, March 4th. A victory here will propel the Jr Tigers to the semifinals on Thursday, March 6th against the winner of the Ross Shepard St Albert game.
Meanwhile the Leduc Junior Boys team ended the league round-robin play in first place in Pool A. They started the playoffs against the Pool B’s 8th place Sturgeon Spirits on Wednesday, February 26th. The game took 40 minutes but was over early as the Tigers quickly showed why they were first in their Pool and took the Spirits out of the game early, going on to win 72 to 29.
Their quarterfinal game was played on Monday, March 3rd where they played Archbishop Jordan. The Tigers roared to a quick 24 to 17 first quarter advantage and then saw the Scots rally in the second quarter closing the gap to just four points going into halftime 34 to 30. The Tigers started the third quarter by using a three quarter defense that changed from man to man to zone and this turned the tide by confusing Archbishop Jordan resulting in a number of turnovers and the Tigers were only too happy to put them in the basket. With a 52 to 36 advantage going into the fourth quarter Leduc was comfortable in controlling the ball and continued with their strong defense. Leduc won the game 60 to 39 and advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday, March 5th.
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