Kal Lakers corral Mustangs for title
The Kalamalka Lakers grounded Princess Margaret Mustangs 45-29 in the final of the Pen-High Lakers Senior Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Korol and Daralyn Schepp each sank nine points and the rest of the scoring was shared evenly throughout the team.
Earlier, the Lakers brushed off the George Elliot Coyotes of Lake Country 46-44, with Ann Stewart netting 18 points and Kaelyn Parmalee adding a dozen. Schepp canned 18 points as the Lakers toppled the Kelowna Christian School Knights 49-44. Parmalee fired 15 and Vicki Schley counted nine.
Kal visits the Pleasant Valley Sinners of Armstrong in North Zone league play tonight, followed by the host Revelstoke Avalanche Friday night.
Kelowna Christian nailed a late bucket to rally past the Fulton Maroons 79-76 in the consolation final of the Maggie tournament.
Assistant coach Jacqueline Olson said three junior call-ups – Lee Richardson, Brittany Skrenek and Megahn Rouault – “were huge assets and played like they were senior girls.”
Panthers raid Jewels in Owl tourney
The VSS Panthers jolted the Salmon Arm Jewels 80-58 in the final of the KSS Owls senior girls tournament.
Quinsy Leier supplied 16 points and eight rebounds for the Cats, while Karley Fugel rung up 15 points and nine rebounds and Mary Rice had 13 rebounds and five assists. Sage Blundell turned in a dozen points and seven boards, while Ashtyn McKenzie provided 12 points and eight rebounds.
“We had a few keys coming into the weekend that we wanted to get better at and we did that,” said VSS co-coach Bobby Mitchell. “Although it’s great to get the three wins, it’s more important that we are improving down the stretch of our season.”
Earlier Saturday, the Panthers brushed aside the Prince George Polar Bears 56-48 with Leier getting 12 points and eight rebounds. Fugel chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds, McKenzie earned nine points and 11 rebounds and Blundell also had nine points.
VSS hosts Fulton in their final league game of the year tonight at 6:30.
Sinners stuff Rattlers in Snake Pit final
The PVSS Sinners won the four-team Osoyoos Rattlers Snake Pit Classic, icing the Rattlers 48-33 in Saturday’s final.
Vicky Voth scored 10 points and game MVP Alyssa Johnson and Ashley Ringdal each chipped in with eight for the speedy Sinners.
PVSS opened by grounding the Mt. Sentinel Wildcats of Nelson 39-33, with Voth taking MVP.
The Sinners then gonged the Grand Forks Wolves 57-23 behind a dozen points from Johnson. Miranda Brownell and Voth chipped in with eight apiece, while Ringdal was named player of the game.
The Sinners close league play Friday night at Fulton.
Sonics bank Bloom banner
Alex Baxter bagged 18 points as the Seaton Sonics bounced the Barriere Cougars 77-67 in Saturday’s final of the Charles Bloom Timberwolves senior boys classic.
Kuup Peters dropped 12 points and Matt McEachran-Law sank 11 and Liam MacPhee added nine to augment a great defensive effort. Standout forward Jared Rainer rung up 28 for Barriere.
The Sonics responded with another standout team effort, getting good passing and outside shooting.
Seaton ambushed the T-Wolves 81-39 in the morning semifinal behind 21 points from Peters. McEachran-Law, fresh off 28 hours of travel, chipped in with 11. Luke Harrigan, Baxter and Chad Woodhead and Noah Ufimzeff controlled the glass.
Seaton entertained VSS Tuesday night and host Kalamalka Thursday in pivotal regular-season games that will determine playoff seeding. Start times are 7 p.m.
The Correlieu Clansmen of Quesnel stuffed the Howe Sound Sounders of Squamish 76-53 in Saturday’s final of the Kal Rock The Rim six-team senior boys tourney.
The Lakers fell 75-55 to the Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops in the consolation final. Tye Oddy paced Kal with 15 points, while Tyson Chippendale took the Lakers’ game MVP.
Earlier Saturday, the Lakers lost 66-61 to Correlieu, with Oddy hitting 14 points and Alwien Dippenaar earning MVP.
VSS runners-up in Subway Shootout
The Princess Margaret Mustangs stopped VSS 92-72 in Saturday’s final of the Panther Subway Senior Boys Shootout.
The Mustangs led 36-35 at the half and the Panthers simply ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Chris Inscho drained 27 points for the Cats, while game MVP Shelby Hartwig rung up 13 points. Hartwig and Andy Hladik were big on the boards with 11 rebounds each.
The Summerland Rockets took third spot with a 58-56 win over the Rutland Voodoos, while the Okanagan Mission Huskies iced the KSS Owls 74-44 for fifth.
The Panthers host the Fulton Maroons tonight at 8:15 in North Zone league play.
Fulton finished 2-2 at the Sa-Hali Sabres senior boys tourney in Kamloops, upending the Sabres 74-60 Saturday.
Mike Rouault flushed 30 points for the Maroons, while Austin Richardson pocketed 22 and Clayton Mottus had 16.
Grade 8 Cats go 1-2 in Penticton
In Grade 8 girls action, the VSS Panthers went 1-2 at the Kettle Valley Railway Hooper Bowl in Penticton.
The Panthers lost 41-27 to host KVR Express Friday afternoon, with Reilly Lorenson taking game MVP honours.
The Cats recovered later that day when they downed the Skaha Lake Sharks 45-32. Katya Viskari was awarded the defensive game MVP, while Brianna Falk lit up the stats sheet with 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Sheyna Camalush put up eight points, while Megan Wiebe had six and Taryn Kreeft collected five points and seven rebounds.
VSS lost a 44-39 heartbreaker to McNicholl Park Dragons of Penticton Saturday morning, despite game MVP Falk’s career-high 18 points.
Late Saturday, the Cats fell 51-27 to the KLO Cougars of Kelowna. Darla Cleveland was named player of the game.
Said Panther co-coach Michelle Wiebe: “Our girls played really hard defence, they pounced and dug to gain possession of loose balls, and never gave up.”
Meanwhile, in Monday league play, the Panthers downed the Kal Lakers 46-18 on 12 points from Mikaela Pfannschmidt, 12 from Falk and 10 from Wynne Kanester.