Morning Star Staff
Amy Verhage drained 19 points as the host Charles Bloom Timberwolves grounded the Duncan Christian Chargers 71-50 Saturday to finish seventh in the B.C. Senior A Girls Basketball Championships.
Brianne Robertson flushed six points as the Timberwolves grabbed a 25-16 first-quarter lead. It was 44-22 Bloom at the break.
Jenna Mulholland counted 17 points and Vicky Grahn supplied 10 for the T-wolves, who were rated No. 7 and coached by Jenn Currie and Katherine Norman. Bloom placed 14th last year when they also hosted the Sweet 16.
Mulholland, a Grade 11 student, was named to the second all-star team.
Tourney MVP Ali Wergeland canned 24 points as the second-seeded Langley Christian Lightning stuffed the No. 1 Mulgrave Titans of West Vancouver 78-63 in the gold-medal final.
Christina Catliff of Mulgrave was chosen the Best Defensive Player.
Jenaya Plett of third-place Heritage Christian Saints of Kelowna, Emma Lee and Anniqua Karmali, both of the Titans, and Emma Kastelein and Hannah Krepp, both of the Bolts, represented the first all-star squad.
Rounding out the second team were: Madison Terabasket of the fourth-place Similkameen Sparks (Keremeos), Corinna Kuik of the Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley), Maddy Postnikoff of Heritage Christian and Tabitha Meier of the Lightning.
Meanwhile, the VSS Panthers lost 67-57 to the Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Clearbrook Saturday to place 12th in the B.C. Senior AA Championships at the Langley Events Centre.
Rarneet Gill sank 19 points for the No. 10 Canes, who got 14 from Jasmine Gill.
Jordyn Cullum pocketed 20 points for the Panthers, while Jessica Melvin earned 11 and Rebekah Salway and Anna Rice each provided eight.
VSS played the tournament without 6-foot-1 star Jordan Korol (in sick bay) and coach Lonny Mazurak (was home with his expectant wife).
The No. 2 Immaculata Mustangs of Kelowna upended the fifth-ranked Little Flower Academy Angels of Vancouver 68-55 for gold.
The No. 3 St. Thomas More Knights of Burnaby brushed back the No. 8 Notre Dame Jugglers of Vancouver 70-62 for the bronze.
The VSS Grade 8 girls finished11th at the provincials in Langley.
Ranked No. 11, the Panther Cubs lost 41-38 to No. 6 Dunsmuir of Victoria in a game which featured multiple lead changes. Down by nine with two minutes left, Sarah Crerar made some key steals near the end and helped shrink the deficit to three. Game MVP Kelsey Falk, who had 19 points, put up a trey with one second left, but it missed.
Jesse Harman scored eight points, while Jaide Vanderleest and Katie Peters both had four.
VSS then smothered No. 15 Smithers 41-26 with Falk getting 10 points and Harman and game MVP Emilia Durfeld each producing six. Aly Carter, Bree Vanderleest and Jaide Vanderleest each counted four.
Abby Williamson fought through the flu to play in the second half after missing the morning game. Williamson and Carter then headed home to Vernon to play in the ringette provincials Friday morning.
The Panthers then bowed 33-17 to 10th-ranked Kettle Valley Railway of Penticton with game MVP Jaide Vanerleest netting seven points.
VSS recovered and brushed off the big and skilled No. 9 Lord Tweedsmuir of Surrey 32-28 with Falk, Harman and Peters taking turns defending Surrey’s tall superstar.
Falk nailed 13 points for MVP, while Savana DeWitt, Jaide Vanderleest, Peters and Olivia Sawka all chipped in with four. Falk was voted to the third all star team.
“The girls worked hard all year to accomplish this placing and should be very proud of it,” said VSS head coach Mike Bertram, assisted by Mike Sawka, Ryan Williamson and Brianna Falk.