Lions stay close in first half but end up losing to Broncos

Lions stay close in first half but end up losing to Broncos

Ambrose took on the defending CCAA National Champions and stayed right with them for a half, however weren't able to complete the upset, losing 52-82.

In what was the first night, Kristina Bajovic had played against her former team, before the game Olds Broncos head coach, presented her with her CCAA National Championship ring.

In the first quarter Lions held right with the Broncos.  Sarah Burnell started the game off very strong, scoring 6 points in the 1st quarter.  Veterans Brittney Thibeaux and Michaela Allen-Gullion also had strong quarters offensively score 6 apiece as well.

The Lions would stay within striking distance in the 2nd quarter as well as Kristian Bajovic pulled the team along offensively cashing in on multiple midrange jump shots.

After half, the Broncos started to heat up offensively and combined with an increase in turnovers by the Lions, allowed Olds to stretch their lead.

All game, the Lions didn't have an answer for Brittney Thibeaux, while they tried hard to double team her and force another Bronco to beat them this still wasn't enough.  That other Bronco was often Michaela Allen-Gullion who hit clutch 3's down the stretch to solidify their victory. Thibeaux scored a team high 26 points while Player of the Game, Michaela Allen-Gullion scored 20.

Even though his team didn't get the result they wanted, Head Coach Gerard Brand said after the game,

"I thought in the first half we played the best basketball we have played all season long, at the half, we were down one point to the 3rd ranked team in the nation and we were working really hard.  I think we outworked them, our rookies were outstanding and then we had a short bench and the girls tired and things changed in the second half."

The Lions awarded, Kristina Bajovic their player of the game. Next up for the Lions they have a rematch against SAIT this coming Thursday night in the Den.