Redhawks win sets up big showdown in RIT finals

The Western Redhawks senior girls basketball team triumphed in their game against the LCI Clippers on Friday February 5th, by a score of 70-51.
The Redhawks now move on to the RIT finals, and will face the Jasper Place Rebels, who defeated St. Mary’s on Friday. Western and Jasper Place are ranked #2 and #3 respectively in the province, and they will face each other for the first time this season.
Both Western and Jasper Place have lost only once to Alberta opponents this year, both to the same team, the St. Francis Browns. The Browns are ranked #1 in the province and have yet to lose a game.
Grade 12 guard Claire Mitchell (#4) opened the scoring in a game that turned into a defensive battle between two powerhouses. The LCI Rams came into the RIT ranked #7 in Alberta.
Scoring may have been at a premium early, but the entertainment was through the roof. The game stayed close throughout the first half despite both teams struggling from the floor. Kamsi Ogbudibe (#21) rallied the Redhawks with a late free throw to tie it at 27 before the half.
In the second half, offensive play picked up, led by grade 11 guard Claire Feasby (#14) who posted 16 points on the night. With timely three pointers, Feasby whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and gave the Redhawks momentum to surpass the Clippers by the end of the 3rd quarter and eventually the game.
LCI was led in scoring by Jocelyn Neilson (#12) and Jessica Zarowny (#13), who had 17 and 16 points respectively.
The Redhawks and the Rebels play at 6:15 on Saturday night in the RIT final, while the LCI Clippers and St. Mary’s Saints will battle for third place.

Sam Trimming, WCHS Journalism