Sparks fly at weekend tournament

Similkameen High's girls basketball excel at weekend tournament in Keremeos

The Al McKee Invitational girls basketball tournament got off to a good start for host team Similkameen Sparks on Friday.

The Similkameen Sparks Junior team put some distance on the scoreboard between themselves and opponent Summerland Rockets in the first two quarters, eventually cruising to a 50 -14 win. The Similkameen Elementary Secondary School Junior team were favoured to take first place in the weekend tournament.

SESS hosted a total of four games on Friday evening, followed by eight more on Saturday.

In Saturday’s final, Similkameen played and defeated a previously unbeaten Charles Bloom team. They stood at 15-0, in the best game of the junior tournament.

From Similkameen, Reiley Terbasket was named tournament all-star, while Madison Terbasket was named tournament most valuable player (MVP).

The final, turned out to be anti-climatic after  Similkameen took a 35-7 lead by the end of the first quarter, allowing them to  coast the rest of the game and still win by a 20 point margin.

The best game of the tournament was Heritage versus Unity. The score was close the whole game, with many lead changes.

Similkameen team member, Tina Schaefer was named tournament all-star, and Nicola Terbasket was named tournament MVP.

A significant outome of the tournament was that   Unity Christian came to Keremeos as favorites, (ranked fifth, in single A Girls provincially) and left with only one win and two losses.


Sparks Light it up

Final results of the Al McKee Invitational

Basketball Tournament

Junior Girls

Similkameen 50 Summerland 14

Charles Bloom 38 Oliver 18

Similkameen 58 Oliver 31

Charles Bloom 56 Summerland 37

Summerland 36 Oliver 32

Final game and tournament standings

Similkameen 57 Charles Bloom 43

Similkameen Junior Girls    1st

Charles Bloom(Lumby)     2nd

Summerland                  3rd

Oliver                                4th

Senior Girls

Hertitage Christian 51 Unity Christian 45

Similkameen  69 Charles Bloom  44

Heritage Christian 63  Charles Bloom 35

Similkameen  63 Unity Christian 52

Unity Christian 74  Charles Bloom 44

Final game and tournament standings

Similkameen 64     Heritage Christian44

Similkameen 1st

Heritage Christian 2nd

Unity Christian  3rd


Charles Bloom  4th




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