2017 CCAA coverage: Going for gold

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Amanda Lee working her way around a Dawson Blues defender.

A new banner will soon be hung in the Val Matteotti gymnasium at Lethbridge College.

The Lethbridge College Women’s Basketball team claimed the national title on March 18 after defeating the Dawson College Blues 81-57.

The Lethbridge College Women’s Basketball team finished off their regular season undefeated, and carried that on to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) National Championships.

With the nail biter of a game on Friday to make it into finals, the Kodiaks knew that they had to keep relaxed heading into the gold medal game.

“Our preparation is good, I took them out Go-Karting and stuff like that, so we’ve got to be staying loose as usual” said Brad Karren the head coach of the Kodiaks.

The Kodiaks were on fire starting off the first quarter, doubling the Dawson Blues in points, 16-7.

By the half, the Kodiaks were up 32 to 16, and ready to keep fighting to secure that gold medal around their neck.

The Dawson Blues were also determined, coming out of the half and claiming 24 points in the third quarter.

Going into the fourth and final quarter, the Kodiaks were up with 62 with Dawson trailing behind with 40.

With gold lingering on their minds the women were determined to keep up their lead.

Not letting anything get past them, the Kodiaks played a tight defense and offense, with Amy Arbon leading the way with five steals in the final game alone.

The emotion could be seen by everyone in the NAIT gymnasium even before the final buzzer went off.

As soon as that final ear splitting buzzer went off the Kodiaks rushed the floor to congratulate each other on becoming the gold medalists at the national level.

Tears welled up in the players eyes as they lined up for the player of the game announcements.

Second-year Kodiak Amy Arbon claimed the player of the game title for the gold medal game, with 15 points, five steals, and four rebounds over the course of the matchup against the Blues.

Third-year player, Sunder West, had a stellar weekend with the Kodiaks, and claimed the title of CCAA Tournament MVP.

“I feel really good, but most importantly I’m proud of my team and how they played this weekend,” said West.

Not only was West named tournament MVP, but both Logan Moncks and Emma Lowry made CCAA tournament first team all-star.

The Kodiaks completed their season with a final, perfect, 27-0 record.

 

 

 

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Kayla has always had a passion and an interest in radio and journalism from a young age. Her future aspirations include working across North America as well as overseas. She is currently in her second year of Digital Communications and Media at Lethbridge College with a focus on Digital Journalism. Her keen interest in writing and public speaking stems from the age of seven when she joined her local 4-H club. During her 11 years in 4-H, she competed in many public speaking events, including a provincial competition in her home province of British Columbia. In her spare time, Kayla likes to go out hunting, camping and be out in the backwoods in her hometown of Jaffray.

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