Women hoops team finishes season on positive note

The Women’s basketball season came to an end on March 2, when the women toppled the Olds College Broncos and finished their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season in fifth place.

The women of Troy started their ACAC playoff journey on Feb. 28 when they faced off against the University of Augustana Vikings.

Head coach Donovan Martin and his Trojans were in a win or die scenario, in which a win would move them on to a semi-final game.

The Trojans managed to keep the game close, within three points throughout the fourth quarter but fell short and lost by a score of 71-66, in favor of the Vikings.

“We were very close,” said Martin.

“We just needed a few breaks to go our way. The girls played amazing though and I couldn’t be happier with the way we finished. We won two out of three games, just the wrong two.”

The Trojans went on to beat both the Lakeland Rustlers and the Olds College Broncos to finish the season in fifth place, two spots above where they finished the regular season.

“We had a very tough first-half of the season, but we managed to pull it together during the second-half and win seven games in a row, so I am very proud of the way the girls finished the season.”

Five-year Trojan veteran, captain, and second-year medical laboratory assistant student Katie Beard agreed with Martin and added that she wouldn’t want to finish her career with the Trojans any other way.

“The entire season was great, we had a big team, 15 girls, lots of different personalities,” said Beard.

“We all had one common goal, which was to make the playoffs. We did that and I wouldn’t have wanted to end my time at SAIT with anyone else.”

Martin explained after the game that he was optimistic for the future of the Trojans, stating that he will be looking for a new leader.

One player that is sure to be on Martin’s mind next year is ACAC Rookie of the Year, Logan Moncks.

The first-year Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles student will be returning to SAIT and looking to build on her impressive offensive rebounding numbers, which according to Moncks, was a main contributing factor to her success.

“I will definitely be coming back to SAIT,” Moncks said.

“Coach Martin is one of the best coaches I have ever had. Besides, I still have some unfinished business.”

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Steve Sucha worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.