Mouat fourth, MEI fifth at AAA girls basketball provincials

The W.J. Mouat Hawks finished just off the podium at AAA girls basketball provincials, dropping an 84-71 decision to the Holy Cross Crusaders in the bronze medal game on Saturday.

The Crusaders were absolutely on fire offensively, hitting 57.4 per cent of their attempts from the field, and they also out-rebounded the Hawks by a 41-29 margin.

Mouat, coming off a loss to eventual champ Brookswood in the semis, got 21 points from Penielle M'Bikata and double-digit scoring performances from twin sisters Cierra and Alicia Roufosse (17 and 16 points, respectively) and Amanda Thompson (15 points).

Alicia Roufosse earned second team tournament all-star honours, while Cierra was an honourable mention.

• The MEI Eagles finished just behind the Hawks in fifth place at AAA provincials, which seems appropriate given the two teams' terrific back-and-forth rivalry this season.

MEI knocked off the Handsworth Royals of North Vancouver 74-66 in the fifth-sixth placing game. Tessa Claggett of the Eagles was a second team all-star, and Tessa Ratzlaff was an honourable mention.

• After dropping their first game in the AA provincial tourney, the highest the Rick Hansen Hurricanes could finish was ninth place.

That's exactly what they accomplished, winning their last three games on the consolation side.

The Hurricanes finished with a 67-59 win over the Mark Isfeld Ice on Saturday, and Jasmine Gill picked up an honourable mention all-star nod.

• The Abby Christian Knights were all about close games at AA B.C.'s, and their last game stuck to that script.

The Knights dropped a 64-63 decision to the Britannia Bruins in their finale, which left them in 12th place overall. It was, remarkably, their third game decided by just one point.

Abby Christian centre Moriah Konynenbelt was an honourable mention all-star.

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