City’s basketball teams battle

The Wellington Wildcats senior AA girls’ basketball team handled the Nanaimo District Islanders 56-33 on Tuesday night.

Nanaimo District Islanders forward Tkia King

Nanaimo District Islanders forward Tkia King

The Wellington Wildcats were winners in their home opener this week.

The senior AA girls’ basketball team handled the Nanaimo District Islanders 56-33 on Tuesday night at the Wellington Secondary School gym.

Welly scored the first 11 points of the game and maintained a comfortable margin in the matchup.

“Our ball movement was really good this game and we improved on the things we were trying to work on,” said Amber John, Wildcats guard.

Olivia Mjaaland led all scorers with 17 points and John added 14. Rachel Baird was ND’s top scorer with 12 points.

Islanders coach Taylor Hendricks said she was impressed with how her team competed against the tough Wildcats, but she would have liked a better 40-minute effort.

“It’s a little bit tough getting them into the mental game,” she said.

The result continued Wellington’s win streak after the team won a tournament at G.P. Vanier last weekend with a 44-34 victory over the host team.

Wellington’s boys were also tournament winners last weekend. After going winless at the Cowichan Welcome Back Tournament earlier in the month, the ’Cats boys won all three of their games at a tournament at Pacific Christian School, including an 81-55 victory over Gulf Islands in the final.

“It was a good turnaround and I was happy with last weekend,” said Luke Letham, the team’s coach.

In other league play Tuesday night, the Woodlands Eagles boys defeated the Highland Raiders 60-44 on the road. Griffin Douglas led the Eagles with 22 points.

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