Alyssa McGregor, No. 7 for the Lakers, goes for a layup during the game versus the Spartans. McGregor’s initial shot did not make it, but she was able to get the rebound for two points. Photos by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Senior girls win gold at home tournament

The H.J. Cody Lakers hosted a basketball tournament Dec. 8-9

H.J. Cody’s senior girls Lakers basketball went undefeated in the tournament they hosted over the weekend, winning the tournament championship at home.

The Lakers invited five other teams from Olds, Eckville, Cold Lake and two teams from Rocky Mountain House.

Split into two pools, the Lakers played the St. Dominic Huskies and the Olds Spartans in regular tournament play.

The Lakers won over the Huskies 59-44, followed by a win over the Spartans 44-32.

During the games, Head Coach Matthew Kennedy would often be heard shouting words of encouragement from the sidelines. Kennedy told the girls to slow down the play and stay in control of the game.

During the game against the Olds Spartans, the score started with the Lakers gaining an early lead. However, in the second half of the game the Spartans closed the distance making it a much closer game than the first half would have made you guess.

“You are in the lead, now control the game,” Kennedy told his team during a time-out.

Playing the first two games of the tournament helped the Lakers prepare for the final game against the also undefeated Cold Lake Royals.

Unlike the game over the Spartans, the Lakers had an easier game and was able to take the win handily.

The Lakers won the tournament over a final game against the Royals with a score of 52-25.

The week before, the senior boys team also won their tournament at home.

Both teams will play their first game of the season Tuesday night, where both teams will face off against Lacombe.

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After being fouled, No. 10 for the Lakers Lexie Attwood shoots a free-throw from the top of the key.

Lakers’ Megan Steenbergen goes in for a layup while faced with a sticky defender from the Olds Spartans.

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