The Heat's Madison Kaneda (left) drives past Quest Kermodes' Andrea Eidsvik in BCCAA women's basketball action last weekend at UBC Okanagan Gym. Kaneda led the Heat with 22 points in a 78-56 win.

The Heat's Madison Kaneda (left) drives past Quest Kermodes' Andrea Eidsvik in BCCAA women's basketball action last weekend at UBC Okanagan Gym. Kaneda led the Heat with 22 points in a 78-56 win.

Kaneda sizzles in Heat win

Vernon’s Madison Kaneda canned a game-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds as the UBC Okanagan Heat torched the Quest Kermodes of Squamish 78-56 in women’s basketball play Saturday at UBC Okanagan Gym in Kelowna.

Jenna Kantz (19 points, five rebounds, six assists) and Roslyn Huber (14 points, 11 reboudns) chipped in with secondary scoring for the Heat, now 13-5 in the B.C. Colleges’ Athletic Association. The Kermodes are 7-11.

Kaneda nailed two for the Heat with several seconds to go in the first half, putting her team up 36-31. The Vernon native continued to impress throughout the third quarter with her two-way contribution.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Kermodes’ Cassidy Osterling scored several threes to cut down the lead, but Kaneda and Kantz replied with buckets for the Heat. 

In a special postgame ceremony, athletics director Rob Johnson and head coach Heather Semeniuk praised Kantz’ excellence in both athletics and academics (95 per cent average) in her studies at UBC. Kantz finished her BCCAA career with an astounding 862 points, adding 46 points to the all-time scoring record she had already captured after playing the UNBC Timberwolves last weekend. 

Meanwhile, the Heat have signed Dante Zanatta, a former B.C. Soccer Association (BCSA) staff coach and Coach of the Year recipient, to guide the Heat men’s soccer program.

Zanetta has, for the past three years, been employed as a full-time staff coach with the BCSA, as well as a staff coach with the Canadian Soccer Association National Training Centre West.

His resume includes a very successful playing career and head coaching stints with Victoria United FC of the Pacific Coast Soccer League and Victoria Gorge, Division 1 men’s team of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, where he guided the club to a national final in 2002.