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This past weekend members of the Central Alberta Basketball Club (CABC) competed in the Red Deer Minor Basketball U17 tournament.

The CABC continued its winning ways as the club put together a select group of athletes from multiple teams to represent in the tournament that had teams from across the province competing in it. With multiple extra-curricular activities for athletes across the club, such as band and track and field commitments, the club entered a team that had multiple age groups mixed into one in order to compete in the tournament.

In a close championship game against a fast paced and intense Rangers Club (Medicine Hate) the CABC team won with team oriented play, poise, and sound fundamental man-to-man defense. Brooklyn Smith was the MVP of the final, but the success of the team was not all about one player. Strong play from Lacombe native Danielle Wilson (Lacombe Comp) and Red Deer’s Anna Judd (Lindsay Thurber), on both ends of the floor, allowed for great performances by teammates throughout the weekend.

Erin Tanagras (Notre Dame) was a solid, calming presence at the point and hit a clutch three in the game prior to going down with a sprained ankle. In addition, Faith Kreiser (Lindsay Thurber) was a rebounding machine in the clutch. Special shout out to Melena Fisher (Hunting Hills) from the U16 team who played key solid minutes with effective scoring, despite not having a chance to practice with the team prior to the weekend.

The CABC was also proud to have Club Alumni Kelsey Lalor (University of Saskatchewan) and Madi Nimmo (Red Deer College) coaching in the championship game. Having strong, confident, and accomplished young women lead other young players to success is an exciting part of the club’s vision of creating leaders in the community.

Moving forward the CABC will have all Red Deer and Mountainview teams in the club playing in Calgary next weekend (June.9th/10th) at the Shooting Stars Tournament. Updates can be found by following CABCqueenskings on Instagram or @CABCQueensKings on Twitter.

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