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Toilers take third place at Moose Jaw Invitational girls basketball tourney

Vanier loses in consolation final, Central wins fifth-place game
The Peacock Toilers have put together a solid start to the high school girls basketball season, and no more was that on display than the recent Moose Jaw Invitational tournament.

The Toilers put together a 3-1 record through the weekend and would go on to defeat Swift Current 76-40 in the third-place game.

The win capped a solid weekend for all three local teams, as the Vanier Spirits would reach the consolation final before falling 71-42 to the Weyburn Eagles, while the Central Cyclones battled to a 77-72 win over the Estevan Elecs in the fifth-place game of the 12-team tournament.

For the Toilers, the only blemish came in the semifinal, where Prince Albert Carlton took a 66-33 victory. Caitlin Miller scored eight points in the contest, Aria Swanson scored six for the Toilers.

Anna Maelde and Caitlyn Johnson each scored 10 points as the Toilers opened the tournament with a 51-37 win over Melville before rolling to a 57-25 quarter-final win over Melfort.

Weyburn had 24 points from Grace Labatte in their consolation final win over Vanier. Jewellyn McDonald led the Spirits with 10 points, Piper Olson had eight.

The consolation semifinal saw Vanier roll to a 56-49 win over Lumsden.

Grace Waldenberger had one of her best games of the season with a 32-point outing, while McDonald had 12 points.

The Spirits lost their opener 70-56 to Estevan before defeating Regina O’Neill 62-24 in their first consolation contest.

The fifth-place game ended up as a barnburner of the contest, with Central pulling away late to take their five-point win. Emily Blackmore led all scorers with a 26-point showing, Alexa Watterson scored 25.

The news wasn’t quite as good in the quarter-final, where Swift Current took a 48-33 win. Malea Kletzel had eight points in the losing effort.

The first game in the fifth-place draw saw the Cyclones take a 66-31 victory over Regina Sheldon Williams. Watterson scored 15 points, Kletzel picked up 12.

Central opened the tournament with a 78-55 win over Middle Lake.

The North Battleford Comprehensive Vikings would win the tournament with a 53-27 victory over Swift Current.

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