By Garrett Simmons
It was a silver lining for the W.R. Myers Rebels seniors girls basketball team on the weekend in the Rebel Classic.
The 17th annual version of the Taber tournament featured a hard fought championship game, as the home Rebels fell 59-56 to the Winston Churchill High School Griffins.
It was tight the entire way, as Churchill led 18-15 after the first and 27-26 at the half.
Churchill took over in the third and looked to put the game out of reach, as the visitors struck for 22 points and led 44-33.
But Myers got hot from the three-point line as the fourth went on, as Belinda Rios hit a three to cut Churchill’slead to 51-45, before a Sadie Wright made it 53-48 with another trey. Janna Bailey made two threes in the final frame as well, as she led the way for Myers with 19 points.
The game went back and forth before Rios made it a one-possession game late as she drove to the basket, got it to go and made the free throw to narrow Lethbridge’s lead to 59-56.
The Churchill defence clamped down from there however, as the visitors held on for the win the Classic. Rios ended with 16 points, while Natalee Porter added 12.
Taber’s journey to the final started with a big 79-36 win over Medicine Hat’s Crescent Heights High School. Rios led the way with 17 for Myers, while Chloe Johnson poured in 16. Bailey, Wright and Jolene Wurz all had 11-point games, as the Rebels used a balanced attack to take an opening-round win.
In the semifinal, Myers defeated Chinook High School by a score of 65-47. Bailey led Myers with 14 while Porter and Rios had 13 each. Wright chipped in with 11.
In league play on Feb. 1, the Rebels fell 90-53 to Stirling, as Rios and Wright led Myers with 11 points each.
Myers dropped the JV game to Immanuel Christian Secondary School by a score of 79-37.
The next game for Myers will be on Monday, Feb. 13, when the girls will host Winston Churchill.
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