Women Kodiaks' defense reigns surpeme
Story by: Tyler Knee
It was a record setting weekend for one Kodiaks’ player that highlighted a strong weekend by the women Kodiaks overall.
Kodiaks’ forward Britney Pekar pulled down 20 rebounds in Saturday night’s 63-47 win over Medicine Hat College. Of those 20 rebounds, 15 were defensive, which set an individual ACAC record. Her 20 rebounds were also just four short of an overall ACAC rebound record.
“She wasn’t happy with her performance on Friday but she came out strong on Saturday and played really well scoring 16 points and pulling down 20 boards,” head coach Avery Harrison said of Pekar.
The 15 defensive rebounds by Pekar highlighted a strong defensive performance by the women throughout the weekend.
Saturday’s game also saw impressive defensive play by Mackenzie Meeks who was able to hold one of Medicine Hat’s top scoring players, Courtney Heinricks, to zero points.
“She was really great all weekend, and has been all season in fact. She often times does not get enough credit for her efforts. To hold one of Medicine Hat’s best players to four points on Friday and zero on Saturday is very impressive,” Harrison said of Meeks.
The team’s effort on Friday was also an impressive one coming up with a hard fought 60-58 win on the road in Medicine Hat.
The game was a back and forth tilt that was once again highlighted by the Kodiak’s strong defensive play and commitment to hard work.
“We had players have what could be their best performances of the season especially defensively and as a coach you can’t ask for much more.”
The two wins on the weekend coupled with two wins by the men Kodiaks allowed Lethbridge College to take home the Prairie Cup, which is a title contested by Medicine Hat College and Lethbridge College sports teams throughout the school year.
The two wins could prove to be very important confidence boosters for the women Kodiaks who are looking to remain among the top teams in the ACAC as they get poised to host the CCAA Women’s National Basketball Championships this year.
The women Kodiaks will look to continue building momentum heading into the national tournament when they host Red Deer College in back to back home games this weekend.