Queens Basketball win by 30 points over Clippers

Kiana Mintz (10) contributed 14 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 1 assist and 7 rebounds. The Bachelor of Education student was named the Queens player-of-the-game.
Kiana Mintz (10) contributed 14 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals, 1 assist and 7 rebounds. The Bachelor of Education student was named the Queens player-of-the-game.

In an afternoon rematch, the Red Deer College Queens Basketball team faced the Briercrest College Clippers at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Queens were looking for energy and a consistent effort and this afternoon they got it. RDC outscored Briercrest College in every quarter and picked up an outstanding 82-52 win.

The Queens came out fast and outscored the Clippers 39-23 in the 1st half. The RDC Queens had another strong half and scored 43 points. The Clippers responded with 29. In a solid team effort, the Queens picked up an 82-52 win and 4-of-4 points on the weekend.

This afternoon, the Queens had a balanced attack and had many student-athletes contribute. Maya Parker and Kiana Mintz scored 14 points. Brooke Kirkpatrick contributed 12 points, 1 assist and 5 rebounds. Dedra Janvier accumulated 12 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Keitlyn Williams and Lauren Bailey had 7 points each. Sophie Mayerle and Cassidy Babe led the Clippers with 12 points each.

Queens Basketball Head Coach Ken King was happy with the team effort.

"Today was a much better all around team effort," said King. "Nobody played less than 6 minutes and we had 6 players with 5 or more rebounds. We won the glass like we wanted."

Several performances stood out. 

"Kiana Mintz was our player-of-the-game in a big bounce back day for her. I'm proud of her ability to refocus and come back today. She put the team 1st," said King. "Dedra Janvier was a solid veteran presence at both ends of the court when we needed it. Keitlyn Williams played big minutes, scored 7 points and pulled down 6 rebounds."

After a day off Sunday, preparation begins for the upcoming week. 

"We will aim for a day to refocus tomorrow and come back to work on Monday thinking about our games against Olds College," said King.

With the victory, the RDC Queens (7-10) have 14 points and only sit 2 points back of the final playoff position in the ACAC Women's Basketball South Division. As of Saturday afternoon, SAIT and Medicine Hat College have 16 points.

In Olds, the Queens face the Broncos Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:00 p.m.