Janaya Scott skirts around a player from the Notre Dame Cougars during the Dec. 3 game at home. Photos by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Sylvan Lake senior girls stumble at home against Cougars

The Lakers basketball team hosted the Notre Dame Cougars Dec. 3

The Dec. 3 basketball game did not go the way the senior girls Lakers had hoped.

After a win over Rimbey the week prior, the H.J. Cody Lakers met Red Deer’s Notre Dame Cougars on the court for the second home game of the season.

Despite the team’s best efforts, the Lakers lost 74-45.

From the start the Lakers trailed after the Cougars, who played a faster offensive than the home team.

However, in the first period there was still hope the game could swing around in favour of the Lakers.

At the end of the first quarter the Lakers were behind by only one point, 19-18.

By then end of the first half, the hope from the first quarter had diminished slightly as the Cougars grabbed a total of 17 points.

Meanwhile the Lakers suffered from a slower pace, and only added nine points to their tally.

Hot on the heels of half-time, the Lakers were ready to win the game and played a strong quarter.

Over the course of the 10 minute quarter, the Lakers added 13 points. More importantly, they kept the Cougars from running away with the score, and kept up the pace with the visiting team.

With one quarter remaining the Lakers were still behind 50-40, with plenty of time left to close the distance.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, the final quarter of the game was not where they shone the brightest.

The girls only made three successful shots on net for five points in the final 10 minutes.

During that time the Cougars ran away with the score, after completing 12 shots for 24 points.

The Lakers took the 29 point loss versus the Notre Dame Cougars.

Sadie Jeffries was the team’s lead scorer, Dec. 3, after she won 17 points of the team’s overall score.

Following Jeffries’ lead, Alyssa McGregor picked up 11 points for the Lakers.

The senior girls will play one more game at home before the new year. On Dec. 20, the Lakers will play Stettler, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. Before then, the girls will be hosting a tournament Dec. 14 and 15.

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Sadie Jeffries attempts to keep the ball in her control while dribbling the ball down the court under pressure from a Cougar.

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