We're at the tail end of the high school basketball season now as high school basketball teams battle in their year-end tournaments on the road to Hoopla 2019.
Boys and girls basketball teams travelled throughout the province this past weekend for Conference tournaments as they began their journey to provincials.
On the boys side, there were two teams from the area who pushed through to the finals in their respective brackets. After defeating Maple Creek 90-34, Kindersley Composite School ended up winning a thriller over Delisle Composite School 58-57 in the 3A Conference 4 final from Maple Creek Composite School. Rosetown Central High School was eliminated 64-49 in the semis by Delisle.
Gull Lake hosted the the 2A Boys Conference 5 tournament with Outlook's LCBI and Biggar Central School as the local teams in the bracket. The LCBI Bisons marched into the final with an 84-34 victory over Gull Lake, while the Biggar Blazers nearly reached the century mark with a 96-51 win against Shaunavon. The championship game on Saturday saw LCBI pull away with a 96-45 victory over Biggar.
Unity Composite High School was the venue for the 3A Conference 3 tournament which featured Sakewew, Eagleview and Spiritwood. The Warriors won their semifinal in convincing fashion versus Sakewew, taking it 100-30. Up against Eagleview in the championship, Unity came through with another impressive victory, winning 80-30 to win gold on home court.
McLurg High School from Wilkie managed to push through with victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals over Maymont (62-23) and École Canadienne from Saskatoon (57-55) respectively. In the final, the McLurg Broncos took home the silver medals after falling to Mistawasis School 75-56.
Some of the schools from this past weekend's action will now be moving on to regional tournaments March 15-16. The Wilkie Broncos are the only team from the west central area in the 1A Boys Regional event; LCBI and Biggar will participate in 2A regionals; Kindersley, Delisle and Unity have made it to this year's 3A tournament.
Below is a look at how all west central boys teams fared in this weekend's action.
1A Boys Conference 4 from Saskatoon's École Canadienne (Kerrobert Rebels, Wilkie's McLurg Broncos, Asquith Eagles)
1A Boys Conference 7 from Maidstone Comprehensive High School (Luseland Lords)
1A Boys Conference 8 from Davidson High School (Central Butte Bulldogs, Leader Saints, Eatonia Spartans, Kenaston Kodiaks)
2A Boys Conference 5 from Gull Lake School (Biggar Blazers, LCBI Bisons)
2A Boys Conference 7 from Macklin School (Macklin Sabres)
3A Boys Conference 3 from Unity Composite High School (Unity Warriors)
3A Boys Conference 4 from Maple Creek Composite School (Delisle Rebels, Rosetown Royals, Kindersley Kobras)
Wilkie, Eatonia, Central Butte and Biggar were all host sites for girls basketball conferences within the region, while other teams had to hit the road for their tournaments.
The boys from Unity Composite High School weren't the only ones who earned gold over the weekend. The girls team won the 3A Conference 3 bracket after beating Rosetown 75-31 in the semifinals, then clinching gold with a 70-49 victory in the final against the hosts Waldheim. Kindersley received a bye in the first round before coming up short against Waldheim, losing 53-47.
Lord Asquith School took the 2A Conference 7 final with a 70-56 victory against Maidstone. Prior to their final's triumph, they easily handled hosts Biggar with a 70-22 win in the first round.
After storming past the home side Eatonia Spartans in the semifinals with a 43-39 victory, Kenaston inched by LCBI 37-36 in the 1A Conference 4 title game. LCBI booked their spot in the final with a 48-29 showing against Leader.
Kenaston, LCBI and Wilkie will play in 1A regionals this weekend; the Asquith Eagles are the lone representatives from the region in the 2A tournament; Rosetown, Unity and Kindersley are all battling in the 3A tournament.
Check out how the local girls teams performed at conferences this year.
1A Girls Conference 3 from Wilkie McLurg High School (Wilkie's McLurg Broncos, Kerrobert Rebels, Luseland Lords)
1A Girls Conference 4 from Eatonia's Eaton School (Kenaston Kodiaks, Leader Saints, LCBI Bisons, Eatonia Spartans)
1A Girls Conference 6 from Central Butte School (Central Butte Bulldogs)
2A Girls Conference 1 from Moose Jaw's Cornerstone Christian School (Outlook Blues)
2A Girls Conference 6 from Dalmeny High School (Delisle Rebels)
2A Girls Conference 7 from Biggar Central School (Asquith Eagles, Biggar Blazers)
3A Girls Conference 3 from Waldheim School (Unity Warriors, Kindersley Kobras, Rosetown Royals)