Lacombe Rams Shauntaya Trevors drove into the key against the Camrose Trojans on Dec. 18th, 2018. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Lacombe Rams Shauntaya Trevors drove into the key against the Camrose Trojans on Dec. 18th, 2018. Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

Sr. Lacombe Ram girls fourth-quarter comeback comes up short

Young Rams looking to build with young core and key veterans

The Lacombe Rams Senior Girls Basketball team is starting to find the right mix between veteran savvy and young energy.

In their last game of 2018, the Rams unfortunately fell 44-40 to the Camrose Trojans but were in it right to the end — with Maddyson Felt hitting three triples to lead a comeback en route to game high 15 points.

“We took some chances to early and gambled a bit — they got a few easy shots,” Co-coach Murray Cunningham said. “You can’t give up too many open looks against a team like that. They are going to hit their layups and they did.

“We needed to scramble and hit big shots to come back. I am proud of our girls. They fight and come to play every night.”

Cunningham said the loss shows some inexperience — with his roster being comprised of several first-year Grade 10 players, but he likes the growth he has seen so far.

“It is just about getting them minutes and time and then making sure we keep the pace up. We don’t want to slow things down. We want to get used to playing fast because we want to go fast all the time,” he said.

Cunningham, along with his wife and co-coach Nadine Cunningham, are happy to be part of a growing culture of basketball in Lacombe — with the Rams seeing 40 girls try out this season.

“We will keep working at it and keep getting better. Me and my wife enjoy spending time with them as coaches and they are all working to get better,” he said, adding that his team will be in tough with the season having to compete with talented 4A schools out of Red Deer.

“We are a 4A school again with us just being over the limit. We have a great league,” he said. “We play tough 3A schools all the time and we play tough 4A schools as well. We will likely end up playing Notre Dame or Thurber in the cross-over.

“Our goal is to get to the point where we finish above the other 4A schools so we can host some playoff games.”

To gain home court, Cunningham will rely on veterans Felt, Grade 11 point guard Nina Secretario (11 points), Grade 12 guard Heather Schellenbergand and injured Grade 12 forward Lisanne Weever to help guide his younger players.

“We will keep going fast and our Grade 10s will catch up. We tell them before every game — we believe in you. You are all shooters. Go put the ball up,” he said.

Cunningham said his team mostly will relax over the holiday break, but they will get together as a team to stay fresh for busy 2019.

“We will try to find gym time to stay together. We want them to be a team and enjoy it,” Cunningham said.

He added, “I appreciate what they have done at the school. We are community coaches and they support what we are trying to do. The kids always want to learn and work hard. We are happy to work with them to get better.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Alberta reports 100 new cases of COVID-19

The Central zone sits at 218 active cases

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer drops to 71 active cases of COVID-19

Province adds 127 new cases of the virus

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

Orange shirts, shoes, flowers and messages are displayed on the steps outside the legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following a ceremony hosted by the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations in honour of the 215 residential school children whose remains have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta city cancels Canada Day fireworks at site of former residential school

City of St. Albert says that the are where the display was planned, is the site of the former Youville Residential School

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

Most Read