Peacock has unfinished business in title game

Matthew Gourlie
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Peacock and Caronport girls both playing for respective provincial titles

REGINA — The Peacock Toilers keep checking off goals this season.

All that is left is the big one.

Friday night the Toilers beat the Lumsden Angels 65-40 in the Hoopla 4A girls semifinal.  

Last year the Toilers lost two games, but one of those was the 4A final to Meadow Lake Carpenter. They will face Notre Dame in the provincial final (7 p.m., Regina F.W. Johnson) Saturday after the Hounds beat Warman 98-72 in the other semifinal.

"We're where we want to be," said Peacock head coach Renee Verge. "There's been one thought this season and we really feel like there's some unfinished business. We put ourselves in a position to see if we can change that outcome from last year."

The Toilers haven't seen the Hounds at all this season.

"I think we're the only classification here where the top two seeds haven't played each other," said Verge. "Notre Dame has a lot of speed. They're a very aggressive team."

Peacock post Caitlyn Kitts grimaced when the 2013 Hoopla final was mentioned. She feels they learned a lot about keeping an even keel and staying positive after last year's Hoopla loss.

"We definitely have unfinished business here at Hoopla," said Kitts. "I want to come out with that gold medal on my neck and I'm going to do whatever I can to do that.

After a nervous start the Toilers defence took over and the offence quickly settled down and followed suit. Macaela Crone made two blocks on defence and Kitts had another as they held the Angels in check.

The Toilers went on 16-2 run in the first quarter to build comfortable lead that they maintained the rest of the way.

"Our goal all year has been to be a defensive team. We have enough offensive weapons individually that we knew we could put up numbers offensively, but we really focus on defence," said Kitts who scored 18 points.

The Toilers led 35-13 at the half.

The frantic, disjointed early play was partly due to the small court size at Johnson.

"As soon as we saw the size of the court we knew it was going to be different," said Verge "We're a run-and-gun team and you're not running and gunning in a gym this size. It's very short and it's very narrow as well. It's by far the smallest court we've ever played on."

Crone scored 18 points and helped get the Toilers going in the first quarter. Libby Epoch scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half. Grade 9 Dayna Pearce led the Angels with 17 points.

Pearce and Crone — both freshmen — led their teams in scoring.

The Peacock girls haven't won a Hoopla title since they won the 5A title in 1994.

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In the 3A girls semifinal, Caronport defeated Clavet 66-51 to advance to the provincial final.

Caronport's Emilie Peters led all scorers with 16 points. The Cougars will meet the top-ranked Indian Head Broncs in the final (7 p.m., Regina Sheldon Williams.

The last time Caronport won the 3A girls title was in 1979.



Geographic location: Notre Dame, Meadow Lake

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