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Rebels End Lady Freemen Season
Jill Reimer

Red River eliminates Providence in MCAC championship semi-finals

The #3 ranked Lady Freemen travelled to Winnipeg on Friday night to play the #2 Red River Rebels at CMU in an MCAC Championship semi-final match-up. The two squads split their four regular season meetings, with each side taking wins on their home court. However, the neutral CMU gym posed no home court advantage for either side, and when all was said and done it was the Rebels who were able to come out on top 63-43.

The first quarter played host to a tight and exciting start to the semi-final battle. Freemen freshman Sonia Radi (24 pts, 9 rbds) started the game on a tear, and her squad kept the score close heading into the second quarter. However, that’s when Rebels Karie Magpantay (19 pts, 9 rbds) came to life, and she led her side to gain a double-digit lead over the Freemen heading into the half-time break.

The Rebels shooters then came to life in the second half. Led by RRC’s Player of the Game Ashley Tolentino (12 pts), Red River continued to open the gap and put the game out of reach. Providence guard Melanie Warkentine put in an 8 point, 4 rebound effort, and Freemen Player of the Game Charlotte Dean (4 pts) became a late presence in the post, but in the end the Rebels cruised to a 63-43 victory.

Red River would then go on to fall to CMU in the Championship Finals. The loss signaled an end to the Lady Freemen season.

The 2009/10 campaign was a difficult one for a young Providence squad that ended with a 3-14 record. However, for a squad that is only losing one player to graduation, head coach Patti Parker feels that this season will prove to be a good stepping stone to success in future years.

“It was a tough loss,” Lady Freemen coach Patti Parker commented following the game. “The girls battled but fell short to the shooting hands of Red River. It was a difficult ending to the season.”

“But for our returning crew, we now know what kind of team we need to be to compete come next year, and I am confident we will be able to grow towards that.”

Article written by Kaiten Critchlow

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