SMS teams host Big Valley in basketball matchup

Stettler Middle School’s basketball teams took on the Big Valley Bulldogs last week, resulting in one win and one loss

Nicholas Ruddell (34) of the Stettler Middle School boys basketball team scores a basket during a home game against the Big Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday

Nicholas Ruddell (34) of the Stettler Middle School boys basketball team scores a basket during a home game against the Big Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday

Stettler Middle School’s basketball teams took on the Big Valley Bulldogs last week, resulting in one win and one loss for the home teams.

The girls’ teams faced each other first on Wednesday, Jan. 28, resulting in a 49-35 win for Big Valley.

Tori Brower was the high scorer for Stettler with 25 points, while Emily Brown was the high scorer for Big Valley with a total of 27 points.

The boys were up later in the afternoon, with a 38-14 win for Stettler. Karlos Marshall scored 14 points for the home team while Bradley Dods was Big Valley’s top scorer with 10 points.

Chelsey Murat, who serves as assistant coach for the Stettler girls team alongside Amy Kobi, said the team was showing great progress.

“They’ve come a really long way,” she said. “The girls are taking in everything that she’s teaching them.”

SMS vice-principal Jeff Lee, who coaches the boys along with Luke Peters, said most of his team is new to competitive basketball, although they’ve had the opportunity to play in afterschool programs.

“Running out plays and that, that’s all new for them,” said Lee.

Both teams hosted a round-robin tournament on the weekend of Jan. 24. The boys beat Camrose’s Charlie Killam School 53-13, then lost 38-18 to Lacombe and 43-33 to Bentley.

Meanwhile, the girls lost 27-18 to Lacombe, then beat Eckville 48- 20 and won 39-10 over Charlie Killam School.

The boys’ and girls’ teams are scheduled to take part in a tournament at Red Deer’s Hunting Hills High School on Feb. 13 and 14. They will also participate in CARA on Feb. 28. The teams’ regular season wraps up at the end of February.