Mariah Klein of the Vernon Panthers sprints up the court while being marked by Brenna Worsfold of Sa-Hali in the VSS Senior Girls Basketball Pit Classic Friday afternoon.

Vernon Panthers chasing PIT title

Vernon Panthers undefeated after Friday action of PIT Senior Girls Basketball Classic.

The VSS Panthers were hoping for a Saturday-night showdown with the Immaculata Mustangs to decide their annual PIT Senior Girls Basketball Classic.

The Panthers (ranked No. 5) and Mustangs (No. 3) are two of the top-five AA teams in the province and were undefeated after Friday action.

VSS ambushed the Okanagan Mission Huskies of Kelowna 78-28 in the tournament opener Thursday night and then upended the Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops 78-28 in front of a packed gym Friday afternoon.

“For early in the season, the girls are playing hard and making smart decisions,” said Panther assistant coach Dave Tetreault. “They are playing together and becoming a very good team while stressing strong defence.”

Jordan Korol drained 24 points, while game MVP Jordyn Cullum canned 22 and Rebecca Salway chipped in with a dozen.

Korol (MVP) and Kristy Fugel each flushed 14 points, and Jessica Melvin rang up 13 as the Panthers stormed Sa-Hali.

Immaculata, a Kelowna school, brushed back the NorKam Saints 79-41 in Friday night play. The Mustangs faced Sa-Hali Saturday before battling the Panthers in the last game of the round-robin.

The Fulton Maroons held off the Huskies 78-66 Friday afternoon behind 24 points from game MVP Megan Rouault.

Lee Richardson and Brittany Skrenek each supplied 13 points, while AJ Jacura pocketed nine for Fulton, coached by Jessica Kirkland.

Ninth-rated Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton stuffed the George Elliot Coyotes of Lake Country 70-30 Friday.

Meanwhile, the Fulton Maroons lost a 79-77 thriller to South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver Friday night at the G.W. Graham Grizzlies Senior Boys Invitational in Chilliwack.

Playing without four starters due to injuries and other commitments, the Maroons just missed a chance to win at the buzzer.

Karanmeet Khatra collected 30 points and seven rebounds for the Maroons, while Darien Broomfield earned 11 points and six boards and Noah Alleyne provided 11 points and six steals.

“It was a great job by the kids considering we had such a short bench,” said Fulton head coach Dale Olson.

All-stars Tye Kitzman (at B.C. Football camp in Vancouver) and Brandon Issac (on injured reserve) did not play.

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