Cedar, Wellington win once at provincials
Nanaimo's two senior girls’ basketball teams that qualified for provincials both showed well this month.
The senior A Cedar Spartans and senior AA Wellington Wildcats each won one game at their respective tourneys and finished 1-3.
Up in Prince George, the Spartans girls started with a 64-45 win over Kelowna Christian March 7. Megan Cawthorne scored 26 points and Jessie Sharratt added 12. The team then fell to top-ranked Houston the next day 94-53, with Cawthorne again scoring 26. After that it was a 66-54 loss to Pemberton. Cawthorne scored 12 points, Stefanie Talboys had 10 and Cathy Jordan scored nine. The Spartans ended off with a close 66-63 loss to Mulgrave. Cawthorne's 27 points led the way, Sharratt scored 10 and Jordan and Talboys had nine points apiece.
As for Wellington, the team placed eighth at its tournament in Kamloops. The team won 63-54 against Abbotsford Christian on March 7, as Mariah Van Sickle scored 21 points to go with 14 rebounds. Vicky Brown had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Sara Simovic scored 16 points. The next day the Wildcats girls fell 56-27 to Holy Cross, with Simovic's 13 points leading the way. Then came a 45-41 loss to Archbishop Carney in which Simovic scored 26 points and Brown pulled down 10 rebounds. In Wellington's final game, it lost 60-52 to Sa-Hali. Taelar Keir scored 12 points, Ally Keir and Van Sickle had 11 each and Brown had 11 boards.