Vernon Panthers reach PIT Classic semi

Megan Johnston of the VSS Panthers gets past Acacia Service of the George Elliot Coyotes for a lay-up in the senior girls Pit Classic Friday at VSS.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Megan Johnston of the VSS Panthers gets past Acacia Service of the George Elliot Coyotes for a lay-up in the senior girls Pit Classic Friday at VSS.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

After sleepwalking to a pair of wins, the VSS Panthers were expecting a grueling semifinal Saturday against the Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops.

The Panthers had an easy Friday the 13th in their annual PIT Senior Girls Basketball Classic, smothering the George Elliot Coyotes of Lake Country 92-32 and ambushing the Princeton Rebels 97-13.

Karley Fugel rung up 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Cats iced the Coyotes, while Anna Rice registered 13 points and four assists.

Jordyn Cullum and Kristy Fugel each flushed a dozen points as the Panthers led from start to finish.

Megan Johnston canned 15 points, while Jordon Korol pocketed 14 points and eight rebounds versus Princeton. Megan Prentice recorded 12 points, four steals and went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, while Jessica Melvin also dialed up 12 points.

Princeton was without their top post and point guard so were no match for the Panthers as every player hit the scoresheet.

“The girls had a good day trying to establish good habits in all facets of the game,” said Panther head coach Lonny Mazurak. “Offensively and defensively, the group is growing each and every quarter.”

The No. 1 A ranked Immaculata Mustangs met the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton in Saturday’s other semifinal.

Immaculata shelled the Fulton Maroons 90-23 and then brushed back the Nechako Valley Viqueens of Smithers in their Friday games.

Maggie upended the Rutland Voodoos 58-26 before using a variety of zone presses to stop the NorKam Saints 67-53.

Sa-Hali iced the Okanagan Mission Huskies 59-51 in their Friday night tilt.

The Huskies used a relentless press to wear down the bigger Bears 59-48.

The Bears bounced George Elliot 57-45, while Rutland zapped Fulton 50-29 in other round-robin play.

In senior AAA boys play, the Panthers opened the Okanagan Mission Invitational by dispatching the South Kamloops Titans 79-45 Friday night.

John Garvie canned 30 points for the Panthers, while towering Shelby Hartwig racked up 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Chris Inscho chipped in with 13 points, while Andy Hladik hauled in nine rebounds and six monster rejections under the hoop.

Said VSS head coach Glen Garvie: “Our defence was the key to the game and we wore them out with our fast break. We made them work hard for all their shots.”

The Panthers squared off with the NorKam Saints Saturday morning. VSS visits the Kalamalka Lakers in North Zone league play Tuesday night (8:15).


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