CALGARY — Head Coach Bir Parmar has landed his first two recruits for the SAIT Trojans women’s basketball program ahead of the 2020-21 season.
In what has been a relatively quiet off-season thus far in terms of recruits, Parmar and the Trojans made their first two moves on Thursday afternoon. They dipped into the talent pool in La Crete, Alberta for a pair of high school teammates to bolster their roster as they look to climb the ACAC standings.
The Trojans have added Alexis Friesen (La Crete, Alta.) and Tammy Peters (La Crete, Alta.) to their roster, and Parmar is excited about the addition of both players.
Both Friesen and Peters played their high school basketball under Head Coach David Schellenberg with the La Crete Public School Lancers. Back at the 2019 Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) 2A Championships, the Lancers were the top-seed in the provincial tournament.
On their home floor, Friesen and Peters led their team to the 2A Championship with an 86-68 win over the Immanuel Christian High Eagles.
Forward Jenika Martens, currently of the Mount Royal Cougars, was also part of the gold-medal winning Lancers team.
Their familiarity with one another will surely aid in their transition from high school to the ACAC. Both will look to help the Trojans bounce back from a disappointing 2019-20 season, one that saw SAIT miss the playoffs for the second season in a row after posting a record of 5-16 in the regular season.
“Alexis is a true leader,” said Parmar in the announcement posted by Trojans on social media. “Having her competitive spirit in the Trojan uniform will have an immediate impact on the program.”
“She’ll help us get the tempo to a higher level, and be a factor at both ends of the floor.”
Parmar then echoed similar words about the addition of Peters to the mix.
“Tammy will be a welcome addition to the Trojan family,” added Parmar. “Her ability to run the floor and put the ball in the bucket is going to be of huge value to our group that lacked a scoring touch.”
The Trojans will be looking to get back into the post-season for the first time since the 2017-18 season when they served as the hosts for the 2018 ACAC Women’s Basketball Championships. SAIT picked up a bronze medal on their home floor after entering the post-season as the top-seed in the South Division with a 17-4 record.
In 2019-20, the Trojans did not have a fifth-year player on their roster, meaning that everyone maintains at least one more year of athletic eligibility heading into 2020-21. While it’s still too early to tell who will be back and who won’t, but it’s a positive sign for a Trojans team that will be looking to get back into contention in the ACAC standings.
– T. Bennett