Palliser teams win provincial gold, bronze

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The Picture Butte High School Sugar Queens with their 2A Girls Provincial Basketball banner and gold medals.

The last time Picture Butte High School won the Girls 2A Provincial Basketball Championships none of the current Sugar Queens team was even born yet. In fact, there’s a good chance a few of their parents aren’t old enough to remember that gold-medal winning squad either.

Saturday the host Sugar Queens won their first 2A gold medal in 34 years with a 58-51 win over Lacombe’s Central Alberta Christian Knights before a packed gymnasium.

Although PBHS won silver as recently as 2013-14, the last gold medal came in 1981-82. That victory actually capped quite a run for the school, which earned gold in 1975-76, 1976-77 and 1979-80.

This year’s gold medal edition of the Sugar Queens opened with a 59-42 win over Pigeon Lake and then beat Hanna’s J.C. Charyk  54-29 in the semi-finals. The team had finished second in the South Zone championships.

The bronze medal this year went to the J.C. Charyk Hawks after a 58-41 win over La Crete Lady Lancers.

Coaldale’s Kate Andrews High School Pride, meanwhile, lost its opener 44-36 to J.C. Charyk and then were beaten 61-50 by Pigeon Lake.

In 2A Boys Provincial Basketball action, Palliser Regional Schools had a pair of squads competing in La Crete.

Calgary’s Heritage Christian Academy Hawks  earned bronze with an 81-74 win over the Assumption Crusaders. The team opened the tournament with an 87-83 win over the host Lancers, before losing to West Island College 99-70.

Kate Andrews High School Pride opened with a 64-60 lost to J.C. Charyk, before bouncing back with a 71-58 win over the Tofield Titans and then a 73-49 win over the Holy Redeemer Rebels.