With the way things have played out in the Moose Jaw High School Athletic Association high school senior girls basketball league through the first part of the season, it’s become plenty apparent there will be few easy wins.
The contest between the Peacock Toilers and Central Cyclones offered the latest example, as the Toilers remained unbeaten on the season thanks to a hard-fought 55-45 victory over the Central Cyclones at Peacock on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Peacock got off to an outstanding start in the contest, roaring out to a 21-10 lead in the first quarter. A good portion of that run came off the hot hand of Grade 10 Devlynn McClung, who scored 14 of her game-high 29 points in the opening 10 minutes.
The Cyclones wouldn’t go away quietly, though, and stuck with the Toilers the rest of the way, including outsourcing the Toilers 13-10 in the final quarter as they attempted to close ground.
Peacock improved to 3-0 with the win, Central dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
In addition to McClung’s solid showing, Hannah Miller picked up 11 points for the Toilers.
Addison Simpson led Central with 12 points, Molly McLean had nine.
The Lumsden Angels and Vanier Spirits are tied for second place in the girls league standings, while Assiniboia is 0-3.
In boys league action on Jan. 17, the Cyclones rolled to a 92-41 victory over the Vanier Vikings, with no scoring details reported.
Peacock remains unbeaten at 3-0 in the boys standings, while Central is 2-1 and Vanier 0-4.
The two leagues are now into their exam break, with play resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Assiniboia is at Central at 5:50 p.m. and Peacock is at Vanier at 6:20 p.m. in girls action; boys play sees Central at Peacock at 6:20 p.m.