The Lake City Falcons senior girls basketball team won its first tournament of the season in Valemount Nov 29-30.
“The girls are excited to be making the start of Falcons’ history with such a positive outcome,” said co-coach Brigette Peel, who is leading the team alongside Raj Lalli as both Columneetza and Williams Lake teams from last year have consolidated.
“The team is ready for the season ahead and looks to be creating a very competitive squad.”
Seven teams took part in the invitational tournament, with the Falcons steamrolling Gerard Redmand of Hinton, Alta., in its opener, 65-9. Montana Reid, who was named player of the game, recorded a game-high 19 points while Inderroop Randhawa and Erika Weber chipped in 14 points each.
Next, the Falcons defeated Northside of Vanderhoof, 66-32. Reid, again, recorded 19 points while Weber dropped 14 and was awarded player of the game.
The championship match saw Lake City take on Burns Lake, with Weber potting 18 points to lead the Falcons to a 55-23 tournament victory. Kaylee Dueck added 10 points in the winning effort, and was named player of the game.
“Our defence was the highlight of the weekend, making it very hard for our opponents to score,” Peel said. “Rebounding was an additional strength of the squad as we dominated the boards on both ends of the court.”
Peel said the girls are coming into the season with a solid understanding of the game and know how to use each other’s strengths.
“We couldn’t be happier to see the efforts and potential so early in the season,” she said, adding just seven of the team’s 12 players made the trip to Valemount.
“I think our full roster will make a competitive force this season and we’re looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Coming up for the Falcons is a trip to Kamloops Dec. 6-7 for a tournament at NorKam secondary, before the team travels to Hope from Dec. 13-14 before the Christmas break.