The VSS Panthers ambushed the Pleasant Valley Saints 69-37 in North Zone Senior AA Boys Basketball League action Wednesday night.
The season opener at the Panther Pit was a little sloppy as five Cats just played football in the provincial semifinal a week before and had little practice time.
“It was a tough loss for our football players and I am sure it was hard to jump right into basketball, however they are all competitors and look forward to the challenge of repeating as league champions and going back to provincials,” said VSS head coach Glenn Garvie.
The Panthers led 28-16 at the half thanks to some aggressive defence.
The second half saw both teams shoot the ball better getting as they got rid of opening night jitters.
John Garvie drained 24 points for the Panthers, while Zac Kronbauer pocketed 10 and Ty Thomas nine. Seth Blundell and Jakob Marshall both canned eight points.
VSS opens their AAA league play tonight in Kamloops against the NorKam Saints and then the Sa-Hali Sabres Saturday (12:45 p.m.).
In Tuesday night AA league action, Karanmeet Khatra flushed 19 points as the Fulton Maroons iced the host Kalamalka Lakers 95-30.
Noh Alleyne rang up 15 points and eight assists for Fulton, while Tye Kitzman collected 14 points and 13 rebounds and Kobe Romanovitch sank 13 points.
Fulton met No. 7 Delview Raiders of Delta Thursday night to open the G.W. Graham Grizzlies Invitational in Chilliwack.
In senior girls play, the Maroons mauled the Lakers 88-32 with Megan Rouault pocketing 24 points.
Lee Richardson, with a dozen points, and A.J. Jacura, with 10, also supported the attack.
Fulton went ahead 21-10 in the first quarter with great defence from Alexis Hyde and Erin Sakamoto. Fulton kept the Lakers to just eight points in each of the final three quarters.
“We received very solid play from the entire team and an honorable mention to Carlee Meausette for her tough work under the boards on both offence and defence,” said Fulton head coach Jessica Kirkland.
VSS takes on Sa-Hali today (1:30 p.m.) in their annual PIT Classic. The Panthers opened the tournament Thursday night against the Okanagan Mission Huskies of Kelowna.
Entry fee for this afternoon’s game is a loonie or a non-perishable food item for the VSS Christmas food drive.
In junior girls play, Jasmine Fox and Abbey Hughes each netted 10 points as Fulton floored Kal 48-18.
Mackenzie Morin chipped in with eight points for the Maroons.
“This was another solid effort from our kids,” said Fulton head coach Mike Scheller. “They work very hard on defence and create turnovers. This gives us a bunch of extra offensive opportunities. Offensively, we are doing a good job of attacking the basket.
“I thought Morin, Hughes and Kim Hauptman all played very well for us. Annie Morrison was a stalwart defensively and setting screens.”
The Fulton junior boys tourney starts today with the Maroons battling the Pen-Hi Lakers at 3:30 p.m.
VSS tangles with the Salmon Arm Golds at 6:30 and Kal squares off against South Kamloops Titans at 8 p.m.