Rebels beat Redhawks in a thrilling RIT final

The Jasper Place Rebels got a timely bucket from Haily Weaver (#11) with only seconds remaining to defeat the host Redhawks by a score of 64-62 in the championship final, securing Jasper Place's first RIT title in school history. 

With the gym full to capacity with screaming Western students and supporters of both teams, and the game tied 62-62 with only seconds remaining, Weaver drove hard to the left side and hit a contested, off-balance layup with 2.5 seconds left to bring her team up two. Western had a three point chance at the buzzer to win it, but it fell short. 

Considered two of the best teams in the province, the Rebels and Redhawks battled hard throughout the game, with numerous lead changes and several ties. The Redhawks and Rebels came into the game ranked #2 and #3 respectively in Alberta, and the game did not disappoint. Both teams put forth a tremendous defensive effort worthy of a championship final. 

Sarah Rinsky (#9) took home tournament MVP honours after a stellar three games, and teammate Camille Wilson (#13) was named top defensive player. Feisty Redhawks guard Claire Mitchell took home the tournament Hustle Award - an award fitting of her relentless play style. 

Makenna Ledgister was awesome for the Rebels in the championship game, scoring 24 points with 17 of those coming in the first half en route to Player of the Game accreditation. Claire Feasby (#14) and Claire Cossarini (#22) led the Redhawks with 14 and 11 points, while Kamsi Ogbudibe took home Player of the Game honours.

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