High school b-ball teams fare well
Nanaimo’s high school basketball teams all played hard in their return to the court after a week’s study break.
The highlight of this past weekend’s action was the Cedar Spartans senior girls’ tournament. The Alberni Armada won the tourney, defeating the Woodlands Eagles 67-46 in Saturday’s final.
“We played a really poor first half, but we came back and we collected ourselves in the second half,” said Carl Macdonald, coach of the Eagles.
Katherine Coupland was Woodlands’ top scorer in defeat.
In the third-place game, the host Spartans dominated Glenlyon Norfolk by a 62-32 score. Megan Cawthorne and Ashley Gates each contributed 16 points for Cedar in the win.
Spartans coach Launa Gannon liked her players’ work ethic on the weekend.
“They showed some good defence, and offensively they were able to pull it off in quite a few situations,” she said.
The tournament tipped off Friday with Cedar defeating Woodlands 66-59. Cawthorne and Jessie Sharratt were top scorers for the Spartans and Ksenia Malenica and Coupland led the Eagles' offence. Elisabeth Scheffer also played well for Woodlands.
Other scores from the tournament saw Woodlands beat Shawnigan 49-37 and Cedar lose to Shawnigan 56-50.
Another game over the weekend saw the Dover Bay Dolphins senior AAA boys defeat the G.P. Vanier Hawks 69-56.
Also last week, Powell River’s Brooks travelled to the Island for senior AAA girls’ league games at Dover Bay and Nanaimo District Secondary School. On Friday the Dover girls defeated Brooks 75-24 and on Saturday ND blew out Brooks 60-28. Top scorers in the Dover game were Jamie Bassett and Ashley Korabek. In the contest at NDSS, Carly O’Sullivan supplied 12 points from the post and Rebecca Bonde brought hustle and scoring.
Another league game last week saw the Woodlands senior AA girls defeat Brentwood 44-39 on Thursday in Nanaimo. Coupland had 18 points and eight rebounds and Teagan Medves had a standout game defensively.