Cobras shine with Chinook all-stars

By Frank McTighe; Editor, Macleod Gazette
The stars of the Chinook Basketball League sparkled Wednesday night in Fort Macleod.
F.P. Walshe school hosted the annual all-star classic featuring top players from the high school girls league.
Willow Creek Composite Cobras Tori Stonehouse and Janell Lange suited up for the white team along with players from the J.T. Foster Raiders, Coalhurst Crusaders, and St. Mike’s Dragons.
Providing the opposition was the dark team made up of players from the host F.P. Walshe Flyers, Matthew Halton Hawks, Livingstone Sabres and Kainai Warriors.
It was a hard-fought battle on the hard court that saw the dark team emerge with a 61-58 victory.
Other members of the white team were Kate Zoratti, Bella Mollar and Kate Misa from St. Mike’s, Faith Lundberg, Payton LaBrash and Gianna Gammie from J.T. Foster, and Jordyn Davis and Emily Talbot from Coalhurst.
Members of the winning dark team were Emelia Iwen and Allisa Ross of the F.P. Walshe Flyers, Mallory Nelson and Melia Leishman from Matthew Halton, Ava Jessen, Aliyah MacGarva and Andrea Smyth from Livingstone, and Mackenzie Wells, Layla Weasel Head and Ebby Wells from Kainai.
Andrea Smyth led the dark team with 14 points and Mackenzie Wells and Mallory Nelson each had nine.
Emilia Iwen, Allisa Ross, Ebby Wells and Ava Jessen each had six, and Melia Leishman had five.
Gianna Gammie of the white team led all scorers with 18 points.
Kate Zoratti had 14 points for white, Emily Talbot had 10, Faith Lundberg had eight, Bella Mollar had four, and Payton LaBrash and Tori Stonehouse each had two.

Two members of the Willow Creek Composite High School senior varsity girls’ basketball team competed recently in the Chinook Basketball League all-star game in Fort Macleod. At top Janell Lange (left) of the Willow Creek Composite Cobras guards Andrea Smyth of the Livingstone Sabres; while above, Tori Stonehouse of the Willow Creek Composite Cobras (right) guards Melia Leishman of the Matthew Halton Hawks. Photos courtesy Frank McTighe, Macleod Gazette