Strong opening day for area teams at regional basketball championships
It says a lot when an 84-point victory in a must-win game isn't the good news of the night.
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Caitlyn Kitts, left, from Peacock puts up a shot over the block attempt of Jaydn Wychopen from North Battleford John Paul II Friday.
No, the Peacock Toilers were satisfied with their 129-45 win over Estevan in 4A boys action at the SHSAA regional basketball tournament in Moose Jaw Friday. However, the fact that they saw another injured player return to the floor was the real good news of the day.
"One of the biggest positives in this game is that we were able to get some minutes for Nolan Thoroughgood and Levi Paul," said Peacock coach Bryan Adams. "They've been out and they got some good minutes to try to build up some of their stamina."
Paul played Tuesday as he comes back from an ankle injury, while Thoroughgood came back earlier than expected from an elbow injury.
"When he was hurt, I was pretty convinced it was going to be for the season," Adams said of Thoroughgood. "It's quite remarkable that he's here and hopefully in the next few days we can get him in shape so he can contribute because he's such a great athlete.
"It just gives us back our depth a little bit. We've been going with eight or nine in the past three weeks, but now we can get to that 11. We have a lot of kids who come off the bench and gives us valuable minutes."
Thoroughgood scored 11 points and Paul added seven in limited floor time. Braeden Crone led the Toilers with 25 points and Spencer Barrett added 20.
Kieron Gallipeau led Estevan with 11 points.
"It is what it is. It's the one seed against the 16 seed and the results are maybe not surprising," said Adams.
Peacock will have a better test Saturday when they meet Swift Current (1:30 p.m., Peacock) in the regional final with a trip to Hoopla on the line. Swift Current beat Meadow Lake Carpenter 72-54 Friday.
The other local 4A boys, Central beat Warman 87-55 to advance to face Saskatoon Marion Graham.
No score was reported Friday from Vanier's game against Melfort.
In 4A girls action, the top-ranked Peacock Toilers had no trouble dispatching North Battleford's John Paul II by a score of 79-18.
Caitlyn Kitts led Peacock with 26 points while Macaela Crone added 24 more points for the Toilers who led 41-5 after a quarter before liberally substituting the rest of the game. Lyric Larose had seven points to lead John Paul II.
Peacock will play Prince Albert St. Mary after they beat Weyburn 67-57 Friday.
In 3A girls play Caronport and Assiniboia hosted a region. Assiniboia beat Macklin 89-35 to advance to the regional final where they will play Kamsack who beat Dalmeny 58-25.
Caronport also beat La Loche and will now face Prince Albert Rivier in their regional final
In 1A girls action in Regina, Lake Lenore beat Central Butte 61-35 and Regina Harvest City beat Bengough 71-29 to dash the Hoopla dreams of both area schools.
In 2A boys play Caronport beat Thunderchild 80-48 and will face Birch Hills in the regional final after Birch Hills beat Twin Lakes 92-23.
No scores were reported from Coronach or Herbert's games in 1A boys regional play.