Tori is from Perth, Australia and is co-captain of the team. She is fierce and wildly talented. Her athleticism and work ethic are not often matched. Tori opens up about her journey with mental health and has 1 goal and sole purpose, a National Championship. Tori has been with the team for 7+ years and has signed a pro contract for next year.
Straight from Istanbul, Turkey Bil is the height on this team. Her basketball resume is impressive with pro experience in Europe. She has sacrificed years away from her family to win a National Championship with the Rustlers and shares with us her personal battles and getting into the best shape of her life.
Jade is the other captain of the Rustlers and while she is gritty and strong, she is one of those women always checking on others and ensuring the culture of this team is positive. Her story of searching for inner happiness and worrying less about external pressures is beyond inspiring.
Alana is the most local player on the Rustlers team hailing from Maidstone, Saskatchewan. She has a 4.0 and wants to work in the medical field. One word to describe her is DEDICATED.
Leena is new to the Rustlers this year and her recruiting experience was especially intriguing to our Two Fold team. While the first practices pushed her to new limits she never felt so 'supported by a group of women before'. Leena brings height, strength and adds a positive force to the team. Leena is from St Albert, AB.
Timmy's first semester didn't see many minutes on the floor but hard work has her stepping into more time playing for the team. Her growth is unbelievably apparent. Even a knocked out tooth couldn't keep her from continuing a practice and upcoming game.
Sarah is a bubbly freshman from Estevan and she is an exceptional athlete. Her confidence on the court is growing and she is finding her way. When Sarah speaks about women in sport she does it with unyielding passion. She is easily one of the fastest players in the league and her vertical is outstanding.
Beth is little but mighty. She is a point guard and despite being 4"11 she has been taking her licks in practice and learning from Tori. Watch as she continues to develop into a strong player at this level.
Beth is simply put, IMPRESSIVE.
Cass returned to play after the time away showing major physical growth. She is now battling back injuries and working to find a permanent role on the roster. Cass is #13 and from Regina, Sask.
Payton is a freshman from Coalhurst, Ab. She has loads of potential to the veteran laiden Rustler team. She is constantly battling for a position to play in games.
Moses is a freshman from Indian Head, Sask. Leaving her family has been tough as she steps out on her own for the first time. Watch for #33 as she is starting to get the hang of playing at this level.
Coach King is a colourful, talented and authentic leader, laying everything on the floor each and every practice and game. He will have an unprecedented year ahead as he works to defend their title and meld all the new personalities together. With the departure of his 4 year Assistant Coach Marissa Lindquist, King will have to build his coaching staff connection and trust with new assistant coach Rana Bazazo from Lebanon.
With a degree in Physical Education, Rana Bazazo got certified from the German Basketball Federation with a degree from Leipzig University in Sports Science specialized in Basketball Coaching. Rana has pro coaching experience and comes with an impressive resume. It took months of paperwork but Rana left her family and country behind and moved to Canada to follow her dreams.
Personalities connect and collide as a diverse group of female athletes battle personal obstacles as they defend their title and vie for redemption at nationals.
Two Fold Films INC. is now filming the final quarter of a documentary highlighting the story of the Lakeland Rustlers Women's Basketball Team. This documentary is being filmed in partnership with
Synergy Credit Union.
Award winning (four time ACAC Coach of the Year) Chris King finally qualified the Rustlers Women’s Basketball program for the CCAA National Championships. Two days after celebrating the first ACAC Basketball Championship in Lakeland College History, the team is crushed as COVID-19 cancels their dreams to play at the National Championships. The world is left in lockdown and the team cannot gather together for support or even a final practice.
It has been over 500 days since the Rustlers played their last championship winning game. Veterans crave another championship and rookies want to play for the winning organization and become memorable in their own right. This team has a point to prove and it will be up to Coach King to see if he can build another new winning dynamic. This film showcases the recovery, resilience and redemption of players on this team as well as the power of women in sport and fostering positive mental health.
Meet Tori, a 5th Year Captain from Perth, Australia. Tori has been involved with the program for over 7 years as she came back to still train and work with the Rustlers during injured seasons. She bounced forward after surgery on her ACL and meniscus and is currently in the best shape of her life. This is her final year of eligibility and she is making it count. Tori has given us open access to her life highlighting struggles with mental health and how she plans to lead this team to a National Championship. She is one of the most talented athletes in the ACAC and has been described as a; pitbull, firecracker, spitfire and even as a mythical legend. When Tori steps on the court she commands respect, despite being one of the shortest women in the league. You can't look away when Tori is on the court or on screen.
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While these two women can stand on their own in any right but it is who they are together that is also extra special. They are Academic All Canadians who continuously lead by example. Hailey is a future medical student and Jaden is enroute for a career in Psychology. Wait till you witness the grit and grace these two women have... LIMITLESS.
At 16 Bilge was playing pro basketball in Europe against some of the biggest names in the game. She speaks 3 languages and has played professionally for Switzerland. She has battled everything from loneliness, injuries, surgeries, unhealthy eating habits, to adjusting to a new country. She spent time off during COVID levelling up. She hasn't seen her family in years and is constantly balancing work, practice and personal growth. While she is the player you can often find dancing and having fun... Bilge is no bull. She is here for one reason; to win a National Championship for the Lakeland Rustlers and she won't stop until she does.
"Alan" will tell you herself, she was a bad teammate in her first year. She struggled. The thing with Alan is she doesn't have an ounce of quit. Her work ethic is not paralleled. She came back this fall to be a team player and rise to a starting position. During exhibition she was impossible to ignore and playing at peak... then an unsuspecting foot injury sidelined her. During first semester she didn't have a minute of play in league and was faced with sorting through the feelings of sitting on the bench. It wasn't easy. Watch as Alan hope for health and her spot back on the starting line up.
While the documentary is intimately covering a few personal storylines, each and every player/coach is important to the make up of this winning organization. These women ALL have unique journeys and they all embody strength, resilience and dedication in their own way. All players will be shown in Two Fold Films Inc.'s production of Second Bounce. We would like to thank each of the women for allowing us the o
This documentary is possible thanks to Synergy Credit Union.
ACAC DECORATED ATHLETES
2 ACAC All Conference
Coach of the
2 ACAC Tournament
1 ACAC Tournament
Last Defending Champions in ACAC