Kayli Sartori last stand with UFV Cascades

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Kayli Sartori

In four weeks’ time, Frasier Valley Cascades guard, Kayli Sartori will be playing in her final USPORTS regular season game against University of British Columbia – Okanagan Heat. She will stare down the court and reflect on her successful five-year career in Abbotsford, British Colombia playing for the Cascades. It is clear to many that Satori will go down as one of the greatest basketball player to ever play at the school. In her four seasons with the Cascades, she has won a Canada-West scoring title, be named a CIS/USPORTS All-Canadian. She also won a CIS Bronze medal at nationals where she was named a tournament all-star. In her final year, she has the Cascades rolling with an 8-4 record in the Canada-West.

Sartori was a late bloomer to greatness as she only became a house-hold name during Frasier Valley Cascades magical run at the 2014 Nationals during her third-year. The Cascades posted a record of 16-5 which was first in the Pacific division that season. The Cascades lost to the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada-West championship game.  The Cascades led by Satori won their first ever medal at nationals, bronze. They upset the third seeded, Saskatchewan Huskies 69-57. Sartori became the first ever Cascade to be named a tournament all-star as she averaged 11 points per a game and 6.7 rebounds per a game. She saved her best for last scoring 13 points along with nine rebounds in the bronze medal game.  After capturing a bronze medal in March, she made the tough decision of her career as she decided to quit playing basketball. She spend the year working on farm that her family owned as Eric Welsh from the Chilliwack Progress wrote in his piece on her. The Cascades without her missed a beat as they finished third in Explorer Division with a 12-8 record. They finished eighth in the Canada-West standings and were swept by the Regina Cougars in the first round of the Canada-West playoffs.

Sartori made her epic return last season. Her return was one of the greatest season ever put on by a Canada-West player. She won Canada-West scoring title, averaging 18.4 points per a game and 7.7 rebounds per a game. She scored 368 points (3rd in CIS/USports) and had 153 rebounds in 20 games last season. Lastly she was 5th in the country for made field goals where she made 133/291 shots. Sartori for her incredible season was named a Canada-West All-Star and an All-Canadian. She became the second straight Cascade to be named an All-Canadian as fifth-year center, Sarah Wierks got All-Canadian nod in 2014- 2015 season. The Cascades finished the season with a 13-7 record, third in the Explorer division. The team for the second straight season were swept in the first round of the playoffs by UBC Thunderbirds. Sartori averaged 17.5 points per a game and 13.0 rebounds per a game in the playoffs. She scored 35 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in the two games.

Sartori in her final season is currently fifth in Canada-West scoring averaging 17.4 points per a game and 7.6 rebounds per a game. She has scored 209 points and 91 rebounds in 12 games. She also has 41 assists and 40 steals. Sartori has been a clutch free-thrower shooter as she has made 61/91 free-throws this season which is third in the Canada-West. Sartori had her best game of the season against Macewan Griffins on January 6th where she scored 31 points in a 73-70 win. She also has two double-doubles this season, her first one came against University of Northern British Colombia Timberwolves on November 26th. She had 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 75-63 win. She was one assist away from a triple-double. Her second double-double came against University of Calgary Dinos on January 12th. She had 11 points along with 10 rebounds in a 69-59 lost.  Satori in six of her 12 games has scored more than 20 points.

Sartori has the potential to lead the Cascades back to the Canada-West Championship game and winning a Canada-West Championship would be the perfect ending to a legendary career. The Cascades have a tough road ahead as they will play a tough Victoria Vikes team in a few weeks during the regular season. The Cascades in the playoffs will likely have to go through Saskatchewan Huskies, Regina Cougars and UBC Thunderbirds to win the Canada-West title.

The Cascades have a tough matchup on Friday and Saturday night as they start a two-game series against the 12-2, Alberta Pandas team in Alberta.

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