Vernon was represented by eight players and a coach in the seventh annual Okanagan High School Basketball All-Star games Friday night at UBC Okanagan gym.
Jordyn Cullum, Kristy Fugel and Jordan Korol, all VSS Panthers, played for the Dark team in a 67-62 win over the Lights, in the senior girls tilt. Cullum pocketed eight points, while Korol, playing injured, nailed two foul shots and one bucket.
The Dark jersey squad stole the game in the final minutes. Andrew Gini, the head coach of the provincial champion AA Immaculata Mustangs, handled the whiteboard duties for the Dark team and rode Pen Hi’s Natasha Reimer’s team-high 14 points – all scored in the second half – to the comeback win. South Kam’s Liz Anderson hit four threes for all 12 of her points while her teammate Danya Lincoln (South Kam Titans) added 11.
Emma Johnson of the Mustangs took game MVP with 17 points for the Lights.
Sadie MacDonald, also from South Kam, hit three from long range and finished with 11 points to be the only other to score double-digit points for coach Roz Huber’s Light squad.
Brandon Isaac of the Fulton Maroons drained a dozen points for Team Light in an 88-81 loss to the Darks in the senior boys game.
John Garvie of VSS counted two points for the Darks, coached by Glenn Garvie of the Panthers. Immaculata’s Dino Gini guided the Lights. Kache Koper of the Mt. Boucherie Bears flushed 22 points to take MVP for the Darks.
Megan Rouault of Fulton sank 10 points to help the Lights stop the Darks 62-58 in the junior girls showcase. Brianna Falk of VSS supplied six points for the Darks. Desiree Day of the KLO Cougars counted 20 points for the Lights, taking MVP.
Pleasant Valley Saint grad Mitch Goodwin, now of the UBC O Heat, coached the Lights to a 70-57 win over the Darks in the junior boys contest. Playmaking KSS Owl guard Mason Bourcier took player of the game with the Lights.
Valley referees donated their time for all games.