They say defence wins championships, the Peacock Toilers defence certainly led them into the semifinals at the Moose Jaw Senior Girls Invitational Basketball tournament.
The Toilers stymied Prince Albert St. Mary offence and came away with a 54-33 win.
The Central Cyclones lost 57-39 to the North Battleford Comp. Vikings in another quarter-final Friday.
Toilers 54 Marauders 33
“We went in with the goal to work on our defence,” said Peacock coach Renee Verge after her team gave up 20 points in the first quarter Friday night. “We set a lofty goal: we were only going to give up 10 points per quarter. And we did it.
“You’ve not going to lose many games when you only give up 10 points per quarter.
The Toilers gave up 10 in the first quarter and 10 in the second, but allowed 13 in the entire second half.
Verge was happy with how her team attacked the Marauders’ zone defence and felt they learned a lot from the win.
The Toilers dominated the offensive glass and Caitlyn Kitts scored eight points and Amy Williams added seven points in the paint.
Megan Crone led the Toilers with 19 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter after picking up a bit of a knock in Thursday’s game.
“We have lots of kids and it gave them opportunities to play,” said Verge.
Libby Epoch added 10 points for the Toilers.
Jada Oftedal scored 14 points for the Marauders.
Vikings 57 Cyclones 39
North Battleford jumped out to an early lead thanks to their press, but the Cyclones continued to battle them and trailed 29-15 at the half.
“At half time we looked at the score and set some goals and one of them was to finish the game within 20. So we were pretty happy with the end result,” said Central coach Jocelyn Wigmore.
“Coming into the tournament we expected North Battleford to be one of the strongest teams. We knew going into the game that we had a tough battle ahead of us.”
Central struggled to contain guard Jordin Wilkinson who used her speed to drive the lane and when the Cyclones rotated to help out and defence she was able to distribute the ball as well.
Wilkinson finished with 20 points.
Wigmore was happy with the defensive work of guard Annie Riendeau and the defensive job Paige Newans did in the paint. Newans led the Cyclones with 18 points.
The semifinals are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the final will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. All games are at Peacock.