Panthers earn provincial berth

Anna Rice of the VSS Panthers drives to the basket against the Valleyview Vikings at the Valley senior AA girls playoffs Thursday at Princess Margaret Secondary in Penticton. - Emanuel Sequeira/Black Press
Anna Rice of the VSS Panthers drives to the basket against the Valleyview Vikings at the Valley senior AA girls playoffs Thursday at Princess Margaret Secondary in Penticton.
— image credit: Emanuel Sequeira/Black Press

Morning Star Staff

The VSS Panthers have qualified for the B.C. Senior AA Girls Basketball Championships for the third straight year.

The Cats will move to the provincials, March 7-10, at the Langley Events Centre after posting two wins at the Valley playdowns at Princess Margaret Secondary in Penticton.

VSS met the Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops for the Valley title Saturday night.

VSS  grounded the Okanagan Mission Huskies of Kelowna 72-32 Friday night, blowing open an early 12-9 lead with a 16-2 run.

Jordyn Cullum and Jordan Korol each drained a dozen points, while Megan Prentice and Jessica Melvin chipped in with nine points apiece.

“The score was deceiving as it was a more competitive game than it shows as the pesky Huskies made us earn everything they got,” said VSS coach Lonny Mazurak. “The girls’ execution on defence in the half court was exeptional all game (Huskies only made 10 field goals all game) and played a key role in the victory.”

In opening play Thursday, the Panthers rung up an early 25-5 lead and cruised past the Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops 82-26.

Karley Fugel flushed 26 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordan Korol and Anna Rice each sank 12 points. Megan Prentice and Megan Johnston each canned eight points.

“Our execution on offence was solid on this day and our Grade 12s all led by example from start to finish,” said Mazurak.

Meanwhile, the host Fulton Maroons were looking to come through the back door and grab the third provincial berth at the Valley senior AA boys playoffs.

Reece Venney flushed 26 points as  fourth-seeded Valleyview upset the No. 1-ranked Maroons 78-66 Friday night.

Silas Janzen pocketed 15 points, while Layton Demidoff counted a dozen for the Vikings, who led 40-35 at the break.

Michael Rouault collected 23 points for Fulton, while Cory Ang-Hamilton canned 15 and Tye Kitzman  earned 11.

The third-rated South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver got 29 points from Gurkamal Dhaliwal in a 74-66 semifinal win over the No. 2 Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops.

Valleyview tangled with South Okanagan for the Valley crown Saturday night.

Fulton met the No. 6 Kalamalka Lakers Saturday morning, needing a win to make the consolation final for the third B.C. berth.

The Maroons mauled the Summerland Rockets 92-55 in their Thursday opener, getting 22 points from Rouault. Darrien Broomfield added 14 points, while Ang-Hamilton sank 10.

Dhaliwal hit eight treys and finished with 36 points as the Hornets toppled the Lakers 99-77 Thursday night.

Lucas Ross (18), Tye Oddy (17) and Ajay Jhajj (13) led the Lakers.

The Pleasant Valley Saints, who replaced the injury-plagued Seaton Sonics at the last minute, bowed 74-34 to Westsyde Thursday night and lost 73-21 to Kal Friday night.

Ross fired 14 points for the Lakers, while Jamie Pruckl nailed 13, Oddy sank 11 and Nick Stanhope had nine.

In senior AAA league play, VSS brushed off Sa-Hali 80-44 Friday night in Kamloops.

The game was tied at 13 after one quarter, but the Cats came out running in the second, ringing up 33 points to lead 46-26 at the half.

“Stong team defence and constant pressure which caused numerous turnovers was the key to victory,” said Panther coach Glenn Garvie.

John Garvie produced 27 points and Chris Inscho had 23 for the Cats, who finished lesague play Saturday with games against Nor-Kam Saints and South Kam Titans.



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