Full Court Press – Lightning Basketball teams ready for strong second half

Sustaining Success

The St. Mary’s University Lightning Men’s Basketball team enters the second half of the season with an impressive 10-1 record, showcasing their prowess on the court and setting high expectations for the remaining games. As they look to build on a strong first half, several key factors will play a crucial role in determining their success in the upcoming matchups.

The first half saw standout performances from key players who have consistently contributed to the team’s success. ­­­­­Caleb Jipp and Brock Dewsbery have been scoring machines, averaging 25.6ppg and 24.5ppg respectively and demonstrating exceptional skill in crucial moments. The team’s depth has also been a strength, with several players stepping up and making significant contributions.

The strong camaraderie and teamwork displayed in the first half has been instrumental in the team’s success. The players’ ability to work cohesively on both ends of the court bodes well for their continued success in the second half. As they face tougher opponents, maintaining this chemistry will be crucial.

The second-half schedule presents both opportunities and challenges. Last years national champions the SAIT Trojans will be a key test for the Lightning. Managing fatigue, especially during tight stretches of games, will be a factor in maintaining consistency.

The support from fans and the community has been a driving force behind the team’s success. As the stakes get higher in the second half, the players will look to harness this energy to propel them to victory in critical matchups.

With a solid foundation from the first half, the St. Mary’s University Lightning Basketball team is well-positioned to make a deep run in the remainder of the season. The combination of skilled players, effective coaching, and strong community support creates a promising outlook for the team as they aim for success in the postseason.

Trending Up

The Lightning Women enter the second half of the season battle tested and trending in the right direction. Injuries, roster changes, and adjusting to new roles left the Lightning struggling to find an identity through the Fall. Though still fourth place in the ACAC South, their 6-5 record is surprising for a team that’s been at the top of the league for a long time.

But the Lightning are bolting into the winter semester with impressive energy and confidence. Andria Stitt is the team’s solid leader, averaging 20ppg. Her leadership and resilience off the court refocused her team in December. Now, with Adit Deng leading the ACAC in rebounding, Makayla (Blu) Rose returning from a knee injury, and new additions Shanah Estangel and Daya King, there’s a contagious new energy radiating around this program.

The January 26th and 27th matchups against Red Deer, the #3 ranked team in Canada, are circled on the calendar as games to prove that the Lightning can compete with the best of best. “When this team clicks, we can beat anybody.” Coach Steve Shoults says with a confident smile that tells you – right now, it’s clicking.

The Lightning Women are posed for a Hollywood ending to the 2023-2024. Keep your eye on the @STMULightning Instagram account for results.