Condors swoop Classic title

Michael Rouault (facing) of the Fulton Maroons drives past Dieu Agakiza of the Duchess Park Condors in the 13th annual Maroon Corporate Classic. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Michael Rouault (facing) of the Fulton Maroons drives past Dieu Agakiza of the Duchess Park Condors in the 13th annual Maroon Corporate Classic.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Duchess Park Condors upended the Maroons 78-48 in Saturday night’s final of the 13th annual Fulton Senior Boys Basketball Corporate Classic.

MVP Montel Lindgren flushed 16 points for the Condors, who ruled the boards with Fulton’s 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward Austin Richardson out with shin splints.

“They are a very good team, but without Austin, we didn’t have any inside or outside presence, so we didn’t match up well with them,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson.

Guard Mike Rouault (14) and all-star forward Clayton Mottus (12) paced the Maroons. Guard Clark Richardson of Fulton was also an all-star.

The VSS Panthers went 1-2 at the eight-team Robert Bateman Timberwolves senior boys Winter Classic, losing 79-69 to the T-Wolves Saturday.

Panther MVP Mitchell Pepper dialed up 21 points, while Chris Inscho sank 13 and Andy Hladik canned 11. Shelby Hartwig grabbed 17 rebounds. The Cats trailed by 18 heading into the fourth quarter and got to within five with two minutes to go.

VSS opened by stopping the Mission Roadrunners 63-51 behind 24 points from Pepper and a dozen from Inscho. Hartwig pulled down 17 boards, while Matt Forsyth racked up 10 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the Panthers’ best showing of the season as they used clutch shooting and exceptional defence to erase a 29-22 half-time deficit.

Eventual champion Kelowna Christian Knights rolled over the Panthers 107-62 in Game 2 with Pepper supplying 21 points and Inscho getting 13.

The senior girls Panthers lost 56-49 to the York House Tigers of Vancouver in a game for fifth place Saturday in the 12-team Sa-Hali Sabres tournament in Kamloops.

Top VSS scorers were Quinsy Leier, with 10 points, and Megan Prentice and Karley Fugel, with eight apiece.

Earlier Saturday, the Panthers toppled the Fulton Maroons 76-50 with Fugel pocketing 14 points, Sage Blundell bagging 11 and Mary Rice getting 10.

The Panthers finished at 2-2. They host the Pleasant Valley Sinners tonight (6:30) in their home opener at the new VSS gym.

“We weren’t as focused as we need to be and as coaches we need to do a better job getting the team ready to play,” said VSS co-coach Bobby Mitchell. “We aren’t going to panic; we know how good a team we are, and we need to move on quickly as we have three important league games this week.”

Ashtyn McKenzie made the all-star team, while game stars were McKenzie, Megan Johnston (twice) and Fugel.

The Kalamalka Lakers finished seventh in the Sabre classic. Kaelyn Parmalee flushed 20 points, all-star Ann Stewart netted 16 and game MVP Jordan Korol sank nine as the Lakers stuffed Fulton 58-41.

Earlier Saturday, Kal lost 61-47 to York House, with Parmalee and Stewart each draining a dozen points. Korol and Daralyn Schepp each had eight points. Vicki Schley was player of the game.

The Lakers bowed 54-47 to the Sabres in their opener. Parmalee rung up 17 points, Korol pocketed 15 points and game MVP Stewart had 10.

Injury-riddle Fulton went to Sa-Hali with seven players and lost Danielle Olson with an ankle sprain in their opening 70-48 win over Nor-Kam Saints.

“Kristy Foster went down a week ago with a similar injury,” said Fulton assistant coach Jacqueline Olson. “Despite all that, the girls are hanging in there and showing our usual Fulton tenacity.”

Samantha Ferreir was on fire with six treys in a row in a 35-point showing verus the Saints.

The Maroons then bowed 66-52 to the Prince George Polar Bears with Emma Miller, Hana Ouchi, Ferreir and Meranda Silva all collecting a dozen points. Shaina Banta had four points.

“Hana Ouchi was named as our team all-star.” said Olson. “Outstanding defence, shot blocks, steals and rebounding made her stand out this weekend. Our most improved player, Samantha Orr, was great off the bench with tenacious speed on defence.”

On the junior side of the Sa-Hali tourney, Fulton took third with a 57-43 win over the College Heights Cougars of Prince George.

The Maroons earlier grounded the Sabres 66-33 and lost 64-21 to tournament champion Duchess Park Condors of Prince George.

Britney Skrenek represented Fulton on the all-star squad.

The George Elliot Coyotes of Winfield iced the Charles Bloom Timberwolves 40-38 in double overtime to win the T-Wolves junior girls invitational Saturday.

The Timberwolves led 26-10 at the break with Amy Verhage and Jenna Mulholland consistently finding the hoop. After the half, the Coyotes increased the intensity with a press that the Timberwolves struggled to beat.

Joella Koblschke led the Coyotes’ charge with 14 points. Despite the scoring efforts of Buster Marsh and the defensive quickness of Vicky Grahn and Brianne Robertson, the score remained tied and went to double overtime.

Alex Issler was strong off the Bloom bench after post player Amy Verhage fouled out. With 20 seconds left, Taylor McRae canned the winning bucket.

Coaches Katherine Norman and Jennie Currie commended the Bloom girls “as every girl on the squad had floor time and contributed to the cause and showed great sportsmanship.”

Tournament MVP was strong outside shooter Acacia Saunders of George Elliot.

Making the all-star team were sharp-shooting post players Joella Koblschke from the Coyotes and Verhage (40 tournament points) and versatile player Jenna Mulholland of Bloom.

Joining them was the powerhouse Danielle Maclellan with 55 points for the third-place Seaton Sonics and Breanna Paulos from fourth-place Ashcroft Golden Rams, with her drives to the hoop netting her 46 points.

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