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Jenna Harpe, Claire Signatovich, and Jayden Tanner combined for 48 points as the host Alberta Pandas gutted out a tight 65-59 victory over the #8 Calgary Dinos in the Consolation Semifinals Friday night at the Saville Centre.

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“I thought the courage to come back and compete after a tough loss last night was key,” said Alberta head coach Scott Edwards.

The game could have been decided in many ways, especially with Calgary storming back in the fourth, but the biggest stat of the night might have been the Pandas success from the charity stripe. They went 24-for-29 from the line for the game, including a 13-for-16 mark in the final frame, as they were not content with leaving points on the floor.

Myriam Kone and Louise Rouse were the sparkplugs for the Calgary comeback scoring 15 and 19 respectively. Calgary was also efficient from the line, finishing with a 14/20 mark.

Alberta heads to the Consolation Finals for 5th place overall against the Saint Mary’s Huskies at 3PM MST, while the Dinos finish the tournament at 0-2.

 The Alberta Pandas were strong on both ends in the opening quarter, forcing 11 turnovers and scoring 10 points off them. Tanner continued her great tournament, scoring a frame-high eight points and hit a buzzer-beating three to help the hosts jump out to an early 20-7 lead.

Harpe led the charge for Alberta in the second, going a perfect five-for-five at the line to help the Pandas head into the break with a 33-16 lead. Everything good for the Dinos came through Rouse who had all 9 of her team’s points in the frame and was the leading scorer at the half.

It was the second straight game the Dinos scored just 16 at the break.

However, also like their previous game, Calgary played strong out of the break. Two threes and a jumper had the Dinos cruising, forcing an early Pandas timeout with an 8-0 run that cut their lead to nine. They would maintain the intensity the rest of the way, but two quick baskets from Reece Hall at the three-minute mark helped Alberta escape with a 45-36 lead. The story was Storie – Pollyanna that is as she led all scorers with six points for the reinspired Dinos.

The final frame got off to a voracious start, with Rouse forcing a turnover and potting a quick layup to get the Calgary faithful loud early. However, Tanner would respond with a steal and a three to get the Pandas back the momentum.

And while the margin was 10 for much of the quarter, the fourth had the feel of a next-basket-wins championship final, with the Saville Competition Gym reaching decibels that would likely be heard across the North Saskatchewan.

“Credit the Dinos,” said Edwards on the fourth quarter, “they hit a ton of shots but the courage to come out and compete as hard as we did today, I am very proud.”

A rare break was afforded the squads when the shot clock went temporarily down with two minutes to go, meaning a supercharged final stretch with Alberta up seven. Kone brought the Dinos to as close as four down with a four-point play and then another three in the last minute but Harpe, who was sent to the line eight times in the last quarter, nailed all intentional free throws to take the Pandas to the end.

Boxscore

Players of the Game

Alberta #13 Claire Signatovich

Calgary: #1 Myriam Kone