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Panthers finish sixth at B.C. hoops
Morning Star Staff
The York House Tigers shaded the VSS Panthers 49-47 Saturday to finish fifth at the B.C. Senior AA Girls Basketball Championships in Langley.
Karley Fugel drained 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the No. 6 Panthers. Fugel was named to the second all-star team for the second consecutive year.
Jordan Korol pocketed 10 points for VSS, while Jordan Cullum took game MVP with seven points and Anna Rice recorded seven points and four assists.
“We were down 40-24 in third quarter, but in true Panther fashion, never quit and fought back to within two points,” said VSS coach Lonny Mazurak, assisted by John Keeley. “We had a couple of opportunities to tie it up but came up short.
“It was a great season for the girls as they improved everytime they hit the floor. Both coach Keeley and myself are proud of the resolve the group showed when facing adversity. Special mention goes to our three seniors (Megan Prentice, Megan Johnston, and Karley Fugel) who helped lead our young group through the highs and lows of our season.”
The Tigers were No. 9 in the sweet 16.
The No. 2 Windsor Dukes of North Vancouver stopped the No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints of Vancouver 69-64 in the final. Sherri Erico of Windsor took tournament MVP.
The Immaculata Mustangs of Kelowna brushed back the Kelowna Christian Knights 69-49 in Saturday night’s final of the B.C. Senior A Girls Basketball Championships in Lumby.
Hannah Johnson of Immaculata was chosen Top defender, while the first all-star team consisted of Mustangs’ Ashlyn Day, Emma Johnson and Jaeydn Penkala, and Kelowna Christian’s Roza Kalashnikoff and Jacqueline Sellars.
The host Charles Bloom Timberwolves fell 57-54 to the the Fort St. James Falcons in the 13th-14th-place game Saturday.
Jenna Mulholland flushed 19 points for the 14th-ranked Timberwolves, while Game MVP Buster Marsh recorded 13.
“Our girls played with heart and intensity in our last game,” said Bloom coach Jennie Currie. “ They forced turnover after turnover with their press on Fort St. James but struggled to put the ball in the hoop. We definitely outplayed them, but in the end, couldn’t outscore them.
“Next year we will miss the leadership of our Grade 12’s, Shelby Bauml and Lisa Campeau, but we will have the rest of the team back. The girls are already planning for hosting next year’s provincials and setting new goals.”
The Falcons were honoured with the Barry Dearing Fair Play award.
Meanwhile, the Fulton Maroons took seventh at the Telus Senior AA Boys Championships in Langley by stuffing St. Thomas Aquinas 77-58.
Tye Kitzman collected 27 points, while Michael Rouault added 25 for Fulton, ranked No. 8.
“It was a great way to end the year,” said Maroons’ head coach Dale Olson. “The boys fought back hard. I am very proud of the year that we had, 27-8 overall, and we return nine players next year.”
The Lambrick Park Lions iced St. Michael’s Jaguars 70-64 in Saturday’s all-Victoria final.
The Valleyview Vikings, who upset the Maroons in the Okanagan playdowns at Fulton, bagged bronze medals with an 83-78 win over the R.C. Palmer Griffins of Richmond.
Fulton finished 2-2, losing to eventual champion Burnaby South Rebels in the final in Pitt Meadows.
Nathan Banga and Isaac Olson took Player of the Game awards, while strong tournament showings came from Hunter Kreiger and Cole Hunter.
“It was a very successful year for our boys program overall,” said coach Olson, who also guided the Grade 8s. “Things look good for the future of Fulton basketball.”
Burnaby South brushed off the Argyle Pipers of North Vancouver in the final.
VSS will be without Valley MVP Shelby Hartwig at the provincial senior AAA boys tournament, starting this morning at the Langley Events Centre.
The towering Hartwig will be in Phoenix with his family for a fantasy sports holiday planned a year ago. The No. 6 Panthers open tonight against the 11th-rated R.A. McMath Wildcats of Richmond.
A win over the Wildcats will put VSS into a quarterfinal Thursday against the winner of No. 3 Fleetwood Park Dragons of Surrey and No. 14 Charles Hays Hurricanes of Prince Rupert.
The Abbotsford Panthers are the top-ranked entry, followed by the Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver.