The Terry Fox Ravens junior girls basketball team put the exclamation to a perfect season by defeating Kelowna 76-36 in their provincial final on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.
In fact, the team’s 40-point margin of victory was their smallest in the tournament, after they defeated Seaquam 96-19 in their first game, then bested Claremont and M.E.I. by 46 and 41 points respectively.
The Ravens, comprised entirely of players who are still in Grade 9, were led by point guard Cerys Merton, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Ana Misic was named the top defensive player, while Emily Sussex and Lauren Clements earned spots on the first all-star team.
The win was the first provincial title for any girls basketball team at Terry Fox secondary.
The Riverside Rapids junior girls finished third in the tournament after they defeated M.E.I. 56-44 on Saturday. Franscine Basinga was named a first all-star while Maria Kim was named to the second all-star team.
The Heritage Woods Kodiaks won one game and lost three during their run at the tournament and finished 12th.
Riverside girls finish fifth in senior tournament
The Riverside Rapids finished in fifth place in the senior girls’ AAA championship after a 71-57 win over Yale on Saturday at the LEC.
Jessica Parker had 20 points and Tessa Burton netted 19 for the Rapids, who trailed 36-30 at halftime but then roared back to outscore the Lions 41-21 in the second half.
The Rapids were ranked third heading into the tournament, but stumbled in the quarter-final when they fell to the Brookswood Bobcats, 90-86. They then followed that up with a 76-63 win over Robert Bateman.
Ravens senior boys open against Mt. Baker
The Terry Fox Ravens senior boys team will open their quest for a provincial championship against 14th-seed Mount Baker on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
The Ravens are seeded third in the tournament. The Holy Cross Crusaders, who defeated Terry Fox in the Fraser Valley championship are the top-ranked team, while Lower Mainland champions, Kitsilano, are seeded second.
The Centennial Centaurs, who finished fifth in the Fraser Valleys, are seeded 13th at the provincial tournament. They’ll play 4th-ranked Vancouver College at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the LEC. Heritage Woods, seeded 15th, will face Kitsilano at 10 a.m. Wednesday.