The Grade 9 girls' basketball team finished the Vancouver and District Championships with two losses, but they will enter the BC Championships later this week as the #5 seed. Four of the top five provincial seeds competed in V & D Championships so a 4th place finish in that event is nothing to sneeze at for this amazing group of athletes.
It will be the second time in three years that Collingwood has competed in the Grade 9 BC Championships. The current Grade 11 girls finished 10th two years ago. This year's team will open against Vedder Secondary at 12:00 on Thursday at Britannia Secondary in Vancouver. A win will set up yet another game against local rival and #4 seed Argyle.
Here is Coach Fraser's report on the V & D bronze medal game:
It was a tough night in Steveston. It was the Grade 9 girls basketball team against their nemesis, Argyle. Our girls came out running hard, playing solid defence and hitting their shots, and were up 22 to 17 at the half.
Argyle adjusted to our defence and started hitting their outside shots to go up 33 – 32 at the end of 3. In the fourth we went cold and missed shot after shot, while Argyle were hitting from everywhere and inexorably pulled ahead to win 50 – 38.
Our girls gave their all, with notable performances from Heather Royle: 6 points, 15 rebounds; Sara Ndlovu-Fraser: 11 points, 13 rebounds; and Liz Mathisen: 11 points, 8 rebounds.
The Cavs will need more big performances from Rachel Chete if they want to contend for a medal at the BC Championships.