High school basketball bounced a little bit closer to playoffs.
League play continued this week in advance of North Island championships later this month.
A noteworthy result Tuesday saw the Nanaimo District Islanders upset the Wellington Wildcats 50-40 in senior AA girls’ action at the Wellington Secondary School gym.
“When they play against us, they bring their A game…” said Nicole McRae, coach of the Wildcats. “They’ve been wanting to beat us for a long time, and they did.”
Taylor Olsen was ND’s top scorer with 11, with Natasha Jensen adding eight. For Wellington, Olivia Mjaaland scored 23.
Wellinton’s boys, meanwhile, were winners on back-to-back nights in their home gym, defeating the Barsby Blazers and the Woodlands Eagles on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, by blowout scores.
Another all-Nanaimo matchup Tuesday saw NDSS defeat the Woodlands Eagles by a blowout score in senior AAA boys’ play. ND’s Callum Gemma was the game’s top scorer with 21 and Jordan Cox scored 20 for Woodlands.
In senior AAAA boys’ league play, the Dover Bay Dolphins lost to the G.P. Vanier Towhees 50-47 on the road Tuesday.