Rattlers Take final Home game over 1st place SAIT

Coming off a win at home, the SAIT Trojans headed down the Trans-Canada to Medicine Hat to finish off the home and home against the Rattlers. The Rattlers hoped to win for the home crowd in their last Home Contest of the season. The Rattlers came out Hard off the opening tip playing solid defense and moving off the ball. Neither team seemed to be able to find the basket on the first possession, but the Rattlers turned up the heat 3 minutes in. Pressing hard on the inbounds, the Rattlers Caused two turnovers that they were able to capitalize on scoring 5 points off the Trojan miscues. Medicine Hat continued to force the issue on defense keeping the Trojans outside and unable to set up any perimeter shooting. At the midpoint of the quarter the Rattlers held a narrow 5 point lead. Some feisty play from Trojan guard Martina Allen saw the gap closed slightly before the Rattlers took control. Kennedy Werre was cleaning the glass while guards Morgan Muir and Courtney Henry were disrupting the back court, causing turnovers, and getting the ball down low for easy baskets. The Game was much tamer than the night previous, with not as many hard fouls early in the game. The Rattlers fought hard and were able to mount a lead at the quarter, up 19-7.

The second quarter started like the first ended, with the rattlers opening up a bigger lead. An Early 3 from Rachel Sherven saw the momentum built at the end of the first carried over into the second. The Trojans were fighting back but the ball seemed to fall out more than in. Without the Tan sisters, the Trojans struggled from the field not even attempting many outside shots. By the mid point of the quarter the Rattlers had doubled up SAIT up 28-14. Courtney Henry continued to shine for the Rattlers with especially excellent prowess in running the offence. The Trojans chipped away at the lead late in the quarter while the Rattlers offence went cold. A SAIT timeout with 6 seconds left drew up a play to try and score last second. This was unsuccessful and the Rattlers took a 30-21 lead into halftime.

The Trojans Came out with a quick drive off the second half inbound, getting to the line, but missing both. The Rattlers quickly came back down the floor scoring twice early and getting to the line. Morgan Muir was steady for the Rattlers making two amazing assists and keeping the Rattlers ahead. SAIT continued to attempt outside shots with pressure in their face, unwilling or unable to move the ball inside. Hitting the odd shot, The Trojans were outscored with the Rattlers working the ball inside. The Trojans were able to keep pace with points late in the quarter still trailing by 9, 46-37.

The fourth started with a Rattler possession and a defensive stop from the Trojans. A stop at the other end of the court saw defense playing a key role in both teams game strategies. A 3 pointer from Courtney Henry, and Kennedy Werre waking up in a big way, saw the momentum swing back towards the Rattlers. Werre had 4 rebounds in under a minute in addition to 4 points and a foul. This seemed to energise the Medicine Hat squad who started to play tougher basketball. A few fouls given by both sides due to this toughness increase on the floor saw the game slow down. 4 minutes left in the game saw both teams entering bonus. Trojan Michela Allen had the tough job of guarding Werre, and as a result was sitting on 4 fouls. The Rattlers Continued to press hard hoping to increase their lead to something insurmountable. Rattler guard Morgan Muir turned up the effort and scored back to back buckets temporarily increasing the lead again to double digits. Down by 11 with 16 seconds the Trojans called timeout in an attempt to climb back into the game. It was much too little too late as the Rattlers were able to hold on for a 65-54 victory.

The Players of the game for SAIT was Macyn Morning Bull who finished with 7 points. The Rattlers had both Fifth Year Seniors Courtney Henry and Kennedy Werre who finished with 15 points and 3 steals, and 14 points and 15 rebounds respectively.