The Varsity Girls Basketball team hit the road for their first tournament action of the year at the Cougar Classic in Carberry last weekend. The ladies first game was against Ste Rose. A strong first half saw the Sabres pull out to a lead behind strong shooting from the perimeter. Erica Luptak got things going hitting two three pointers in the first quarter! The team played terrific defence all game and won the opener 55-31. Paige Eissner led the way with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Megan Simon potted eight points and added seven rebounds.
In the semi-final later Friday night the team faced a tough test from Treherne. The Tigers brought an aggressive approach and the game was close throughout. A strong second quarter saw the ladies take a 10-point lead, which they would hold the rest of the contest. Terrific guard play by Michelle Perez and Amee Butterfield was a big difference as the Sabres punched their ticket to the finals with a 54-43 victory. Paige again led all scores with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Catherine Punay added six points.
A strong team from Glenboro were the match up in the tournament final. Once again the ladies displayed hard work on the defensive end limiting the best player from the Panthers to only 10 points. Before leaving the game with a rolled ankle late in fourth quarter Paige once again was dominant on the floor. Her teammates set her up beautifully all night as she poured in 25 points and hauled down 12 boards. Sara Gonzalez added eight points and Carina Punay chipped in six more as the Sabres captured the tournament crown with a 55-46 win.
The ladies travel to Steinbach this weekend for more tournament action. GO SABS!!