Spartans beat Lethbridge, but fall to Calgary during Prairie road trip

The Trinity Western Spartans basketball teams both picked up wins in Lethbridge, before losing the next night in Calgary.

The women’s team used a strong third quarter to defeat the Lethbridge Pronghorns 76-63 behind the impressive stat line from Holly Strom, who finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, three assists and a pair of blocked shots. Emily Knauff (16 points) and Sarah Cleveland (15 points) also had solid games.

“We played a strong team game tonight with everyone contributing to positive defensive plays and smart offensive looks. I was really proud of the focus the team showed in two major areas: the first being coming back from two nearly double digit deficits in the first half, and the second being maintaining our lead and winning the game with confidence rather than just feeling as though we survived,” said coach Cheryl Jean-Paul.

“I thought the starters made a statement with their scoring looks, but we had so many little plays by everyone else right when we needed them which is why this win is a great one.”

The men’s team used a strong start and dominating finish to beat the Pronghorns 96-72.

“Everything that we did today we did really strong. Our strength is our whole team and the guys really distributed the ball well,” said coach Scott Allen.

Mark Perrin led the way with 33 points, including seven three-pointers. He also had 11 rebounds.

The next night in Calgary saw the Spartans furious fourth-quarter comeback come up one point short, as they lost 93-92 to the Dinos.

Tonner Jackson led the way with 36 points for the Spartans, who fell to 5-9 in conference play.

The Trinity Western women’s team also lost in Calgary, 78-56, to see their record drop to 3-11.

Chelsey Olsen had a career-high 22 points in the losing effort.

Both Spartan basketball teams host the Mount Royal Cougars at the Langley Events Centre on Friday and Saturday.

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