The Lightning women are bringing home the silver after a hard fought game against the host and No. 1 ranked team, the Lethbridge Kodiaks on Saturday night. The women showed great character battling through adversity and completing a hard-fought comeback just to get to the gold medal game, but the Kodiaks proved too much for the Lightning this time around, defeating our ladies and capping off an undefeated season.
The women battled hard against the Kodiaks, but were worn down over time by the No. 2 nationally ranked team out of Lethbridge.
“They just don’t make mistakes,” said Lightning head coach Steve Shoults when discussing the Kodiaks, and as the game went on they were able to capitalize on small mistakes from the Lightning extending their lead each time. “We played a Lethbridge team playing amazing basketball. Unfortunately, we didn’t play our best but the girls fought hard until the buzzer and walked out proudly holding silver medals for back to back years.”
For their efforts over the weekend, Lightning teammates Montana Romeril and Laura Belisle were named to the tournament all-star team.
Although coming up just short in the final game of the year, the Lightning earned their second consecutive silver medal and have nothing to hang their heads about. The women had an excellent season and represented St. Mary’s University with class while showing the entire league that StMU is a top-tier team in this league, and arguably one of the best in the country.
“This season was a success,” said Shoults. “We added new players and with new players comes growing pains. We stumbled in the first semester but this made us better. We went on a long winning streak and finished the season on an upswing.”
“We faced adversity in the playoffs, especially in the semi-final against Medicine Hat College. I am positive the difficulty we faced during the season created the ability to face this hardship in a playoff game and work through as a team.”