PVSS Sinners bounce Charles Bloom Timberwolves

Wyatt Carter (right) of the Kalamalka Lakers shields the ball from Landon Currie of the Fulton Maroons in Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament play Saturday at Kal gym.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Wyatt Carter (right) of the Kalamalka Lakers shields the ball from Landon Currie of the Fulton Maroons in Grade 8 Boys Basketball Tournament play Saturday at Kal gym.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Pleasant Valley Sinners stopped the host Charles Bloom Timberwolves 66-37 in Saturday’s final of a six-team senior girls basketball tournament in Lumby.

The Sinners shook off pre-game nerves and shot 41 per cent from the field, led by all-star Ella Brown, who pocketed 14 points. Tourney MVP Alyssa Johnson and Player of the Game Vicky Voth both flushed 11. Paige Copeland rung up nine points, while Aurora Cox sank seven and Allysha West chipped in with six.

PVSS coaches Krys Pick and George Kocsis were pleased with the team’s work ethic and improvement throughout the weekend.

The Sinners moved to the final after a 48-32 win over the Heritage Christian Saints of Kelowna. Voth bagged nine points, while Brown canned seven and Cox, Ashley Ringdal, game MVP Copeland and Johnson provided six.

Pleasant Valley opened by grounding the A.L. Fortune Falcons of Enderby 40-32 with Cox earning Player of the Game with eight points.

Next action for PVSS is Tuesday when the Sinners and Saints host the Fulton Maroons at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m.

Panthers runners-up

The VSS Panthers bowed to the No. 6 AAA Maple Ridge Ramblers 63-58 in Saturday’s final of the MEI Eagles senior girls classic in Clearbrook.

“This was a tough, physical game as both teams have girls over six feet tall,” said Panther co-coach Bobby Mitchell. “With both teams wanting to get the ball inside, it was a battle right from the start. We traded baskets inside early but we couldn’t get our transition game going in the first half and trailed by six at the half.

“After a slow start in the third, we found ourselves in a new situation being down 10 to start the fourth quarter. We kept battling right to the final buzzer and we executed some good things and were able to creep back into the game, but Maple Ridge did not let us get all the way back.”

Game MVP Sage Blundell registered 15 points and six rebounds, while all-star Quinsy Leier collected a dozen points and nine boards for the Cats. All-star Jenna Marrion dialed up 12 points, while Ashtyn McKenzie added nine points and seven rebounds.

The Panthers knocked off the No. 10 W.J. Mouat Hawks of Abbotsford 94-86 in the semifinals.

“This game was a shootout,” said co-coach Lonny Mazaruk. “Both teams went on multiple big runs but did it in different ways. Mouat shot the ball great from the three-point line, hitting seven of them, and we used our transition, scoring lots of points off the fast break.”

Game star Marrion drained 23 points, while Leier dialed up 20 points and seven rebounds. Blundell earned 16 points, and McKenzie added 11 points and eight boards.

The Panthers, who got MVP honours from Karley Fugel in their opening win over the Claremont Spartans of Victoria, are in the Sa-Hali Sabres tournament starting Friday in Kamloops.

Thunder roll title

The Williams Lake Thunder, sparked by tourney MVP Ana Lomavatu, toppled the Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton 58-53 in the finals of the Fulton senior girls invitational.

The Kalamalka Lakers took third, while Fulton was fifth behind Terrace in the eight-team affair.

All-stars were Samantha Ferreir of Fulton, Kailyn Parmalee of Kal, Kailyn Pelletier of Terrace, Callon Cooper of Maggie and Tasha Diaz of the Thunder. Top Defensive Player was Kari Grace of Maggie.

Corporate Classic on tap

The 13th annual Maroon Corporate Classic opens Thursday with Dale Olson’s Fulton senior boys taking on Maggie at 3:30 p.m.

The Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops meet the South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver at 5 p.m., Sa-Hali takes on L.V. Rogers Bombers of Nelson at 6:30 and the Duchess Park Condors of Prince George tangle with the Pen-Hi Lakers at 8:00.

Games go all day Friday with Fulton facing Sa-Hali at 1:30 and the Bombers at 7:30. The final goes Saturday afternoon at 2:15.

Grade 8 Titans rattle Sabres

The South Kamloops Titans rocked Sa-Hali 46-10 in the finals of the Kal Grade 8 boys tournament.

Kettle Valley Railway of Penticton stopped McNicoll Park Dragons of Penticton 53-34 for third, while Fulton iced Kal 37-19 for fifth. Kadyn Thomas was chosen Kal’s MVP.

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