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Shawnigan takes top spot in DCS girls' basketball tournament
Shawnigan Lake School emerged as the champions of the four-team Duncan Christian School senior girls' Welcome Back basketball tournament.
Shawnigan swept through its three games undefeated, winning 71-24 over Ucluelet, 42-26 over Cowichan Secondary and 52-33 over the host DCS Chargers.
Cowichan edged DCS 40-38 in the opening game Friday that wound up determining second place. Cowichan also won 59-27 over Ucluelet.
DCS finished third by defeating Ucluelet 87-36.
It was a great chance for the local players to get in some intense basketball action before the holidays.
Young seemed to be the operative word for the Cowichan and DCS teams.
"I am happy with the progress of this very young team,'' noted Cowichan coach Jim Nugent, who's being assisted by daughter Danielle Nugent and Michele Keserich.
DCS coach Michelle Nederlof reiterated the young theme for her team with three seniors. The good news for her is she has a full bench of 11 players.
DCS decided to forego putting a junior girls' team on the court and run a Grade 8 program that will build the nucleus for a strong future.
"That being said, after a few practices, I was thrilled to see how the girls functioned on the court as a team,'' Nederlof indicated.
With team captains Becky Bazinet and Carli Paterson doing a great job of mentoring, Nederlof feels the Chargers are bound to have a successful season.
"The other veterans really stepped up in leadership as well,'' Nederlof indicated. "I am more than impressed.''
She cited the fantastic play of Lauren King-Nyberg, who overcame a sore foot all weekend and no one would have known the difference by the way she handled the ball and got back on defence.
That helped King-Nyberg earn all-star status.
Nederlof noted DCS has embraced 'Rise Up' as its theme. "Rising to the occasion is what we know we have to do this year with so many young players.''
Tournament MVPs included: Casey Crowley of Shawnigan and Cowichan's Sartaj Dale. Besides King-Nyberg, all-stars were: Amber Ridgeway (Shawnigan), Sarah St. Cyr (Cowichan) and Kara Frank (Ucluelet).
Juliet King had a double-double for the Chargers in their first game with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Paterson stepped up to score 18 points and King added 12 points with four rebounds in the win over Ucluelet.
King-Nyberg led the way against Shawnigan with eight points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and seven assists while Danielle Groenendijk contributed eight points and pulled down 14 rebounds.