Hurricanes no match for Raiders in opener

Gift Lake’s Tamara Courtorielle, left, reaches for the basketball against Prairie River’s Rae Anne Gill during action Nov. 23. PRJH won the game 69-24.
Gift Lake’s Tamara Courtorielle, left, reaches for the basketball against Prairie River’s Rae Anne Gill during action Nov. 23. PRJH won the game 69-24.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News
Three players scored in double figures to lead the Prairie River Junior High School Raiders girl’s basketball team to an opening night 69-24 win over the visiting Gift Lake Hurricanes Nov. 23.

Mackenzie Calhoon’s 19 points, coupled with 14 each from Kailey Delorme and Eve Keay, were more than enough for the Raiders, who welcomed the Hurricanes back into the Smoky River Junior High School Basketball league after a one-year absence.

The Hurricanes were ice cold in the first half, as they trailed 13-0 after one quarter and 31-0 at the half.

However, in the first 5:50 minutes of the second half, the Hurricanes rallied for 20 of their game total of 24 points.

Emma Anderson scored 18 of the Hurricanes’ points, with Desiree Calahasen, Tamara Courtorielle, and Kali Cunningham added two each.

Seven Raiders hit the scoresheet during the contest, proving once again they will be a strong contender for the league title. Rae Anne Gill, Malakae Sharkawi, and Lynaya Whalen each added six points for PRJH while Naomi Strebchuk added the other four.

Both clubs were especially prone to defensive lapses during the game, especially Gift Lake. The speed of the game was no doubt a surprise to many players, who were experiencing their first league action.

Nov. 30, PRJH visits Donnelly G.P Vanier while Gift Lake hosts the Slave Lake St. Francis Falcons.

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