Cascades fall to host Cougars at exhibition tourney

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team had its hands full with the Regina Cougars on Friday evening, dropping an 86-48 decision to the host team at the Cougar Classic preseason tournament.

The Cougars raced out to a 21-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cascades, coming off a 92-58 loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies on Thursday, battled hard the rest of the way but weren’t able to close the gap.

“Not a great game for us tonight,” said Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer, whose team has been without veterans Katie Brink, Hailey Kendall and Kendra Arnold this week due to injury. “We’re just not ready for this calibre of play, especially shorthanded. These teams are really exploiting a lot of things we’re not ready to take on yet.

“The girls, into the fourth quarter, were still giving effort, which was a positive sign,” Tuchscherer added. “We just have a lot of work to do . . . It’s a real eye-opener for everybody.”

Shayna Cameron paced the Cascades with 17 points, while Kayli Sartori chipped in with 14 points and rookie Taylor Claggett hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Britton Belyk did much of the damage for the Cougars – she came off the bench to knock down 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc, en route to a game-high 20 points. Katie Polischuk (13 points) and Alyssia Kajati (10) also scored in double figures for the hosts, who shot 44.4 per cent from the field compared to UFV’s 26.5.

UFV wraps up its run at the Cougar Classic against the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday morning (10 a.m. Central time).

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