BCSS 2018 Girls Basketball Championships

March 5, 2018 by  
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2018 BCSS Girls’ Basketball Championships



Gr 8 Girls’ York House over Seycove, 47-40 McMath over South Delta, 47-33
Gr  9 Girls’ Steveston-London over École KLO Middle School 56 – 48 McMath over Argyule 40 – 33
Jr Girls’ Walnut Grove over Fraser Heights, 61-54 Mount Baker over Yale, 52-41
A Sr Girls’  Unity Christian School over Kelowna Christian School, Credo Christian over Mulgrave School, 66-47
AA Sr Girls’ South Kamloops over G W Graham, 73-67 Britannia over St Thomas Aquinas, 52-43
AAA Sr Girls’ Kelowna over Walnut Grove, 67-61 Abbotsford Senior voer Semiahmoo, 82-74


Grade 8 Girls Basketball


First Team Allstars:
1- York House Finley Buler
York House Avery Ratcliffe
2- York House Rain Thomas
3- Seycove Maia Russell-Nelson
Sportsmanlike Team:
4- Sydney Bradshaw
Seycove Seahawks
5- Semi Madelyn Mckinnon
Second Team Allstars:
Third Team Allstars
1- York House Finley Butler
1- Fraser Heights Ella Judson
2- McMath Teagan Ng
2- Maple Ridge Paige Johnson
3- Ashley Maedel
3- MEI Makenna Reimer
4- South Delta Jane McDonald
4- Churchill Marah Dykstra
5- South Delta Andie Assaly
5- Valleyview Jaime Horsman


Grade 9 Girls Basketball



Most Valuable Player – Sharlene Siy (Steveston London)

Best Defensive Player – Chelsey MacAulay (KLO)

Tournament All-Stars – Abby Bodden (McMath); Kate Carkner (McMath); Avery Chalmers (KLO); Katie Chan (Steveston-London); Mina Chong (Steveston-London); Allison Jakeway (Maple Ridge); Gabby Joyce (Argyle); Abbey McCann (KLO); Simran Sidhu (Lord Tweedsmuir); Kate Walton (Argyle)

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Killarney Cougars

Senior Girls AAA Basketball

Kelowna Owls

Walnut Grove Gators

Top 10 Teams

1. Kelowna
2. Walnut Grove
3. Abbotsford Senior
4. Semiahmoo
5. Brookswood
6. Riverside
7. Sullivan Heights
8. Argyle
9. Carson Graham
10. Oak Bay

Most Valuable Player – Taya Hanson, Kelowna

Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Sophia Wisotzki, Walnut Grove

Championship Player of the Game – Kennedy Dickie, Kelowna

Championship Coach – Darren Semeniuk, Kelowna

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Sullivan Heights Stars

First Team All-Stars: Sienna Lenz, Abbotsford; Izzy Forsyth, Semiahmoo; Kennedy Dickie, Kelowna; Natalie Rathler, Walnut Grove; Tavia Rowell, Walnut Grove

Second Team All-Stars: Marin Lenz, Abbotsford; Jenna Dick, Brookswood; Jaeli Ibbetson, Kelowna; Faith Dut, Semiahmoo; Jessica Wisotzki, Walnut Grove

Honourable Mentions: Georgia Swant, Argyle; Tanis Metcalfe, Carson Graham; Georgia Alexander, Oak Bay; Jessica Parker, Riverside; Emma Kramer, Sullivan Heights


Senior Girls AA Basketball


Champions – South Kamloops Titans

Finalists – G.W. Graham Grizzlies

Top 10 Teams
1. South Kamloops
2. G.W. Graham
3. Britannia
4. St. Thomas Aquinas
5. Duchess Park
6. Okanagan Mission
7. Vernon
8. Langley Christian
9. St. Thomas More Collegiate
10. St. Michaels University School

Most Valuable Player – Maddy Gobeil, South Kamloops

Most Outstanding Defensive Player – Surprise Munie, Britannia

Championship Player of the Game – Lauren Walkley, South Kamloops

Championship Coach – Del Komarniski, South Kamloops

Most Sportsmanlike Team – Selkirk Storm

First Team All-Stars: Surprise Munie, Britannia; Jessica Clarke, St. Thomas Aquinas; Deanna Tuchscherer, G.W. Graham; Jaya Bannerman, G.W. Graham; Lauren Walkley, South Kamloops

Second Team All-Stars – Aliza Dueck, G.W. Graham; Emma Stewart-Barnett, St. Thomas More Collegiate; Olivia Thorpe, St. Thomas Aquinas; Lucy Guan, Britannia; Olivia Morgan-Cherchas, South Kamloops

Honourable Mentions – Logan Cruz, Duchess Park; Kelsey Falk, Vernon; Malley Richardson, Okanagan Mission; Makenna Gardner, Langley Christian; Jordan Stonehouse, St. Michaels University School

Senior Girls A


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Final Team Placement: 
1st – Unity Christian School
2nd – Kelowna Christian School
3rd – Credo Christian School
4th – Mulgrave School
5th – Nechako Valley
6th – West Point Grey Academy
7th – Heritage Christian School
8th – Pemberton Secondary
9th – Grand Forks Secondary
10th – St. Andrews Regional High School
11th – Agassiz Secondary
12th – Bulkley Valley Christian School
13th – Similkameen Secondary
14th – Richmond Christian School
15th – Sparwood Secondary

16th – Valemount Secondary

Barry Dearing Fair Play Award:
Valemount Secondary

Most Valuable Player:
#12 – Kirsten Kampman / Unity Christian

Most Defensive Player:

#3 – Naomi Kent / Kelowna ChristianFirst Team All Stars:

#15 – Brianna Grando / Kelowna Christian
#8 – Olivia Lounsbury / Unity Christian
#23 – Alisha Stam / Credo Christian
#9 – Kylie Kampman / Unity Christian
#00 – Kealin Sacre / Mulgrave School

Second Team All Stars:
#7 – Kennedy Andres / Nechako Valley
#1 – Mallory Sader / Kelowna Christian
#21 – Nelli Larjava / Mulgrave School
#14 – Elizabeth Henne / Grand Forks
#15 – Samantha Leyenhorst / Credo Christian

South Kamloops Titans win B.C. championship in Langley (with video, slideshow)

The South Kamloops Titans celebrate after winning a provincial basketball title in Langley on Saturday. Greg Laychak/Black Press

Maddy Gobeil was an ice woman. The Walkley twins were bulldogs. Olivia Morgan-Cherchas was a towering rebound demon. Kendra McDonald was clutch.

Together, the South Kamloops Titans proved unstoppable at the BC Secondary School AA Girls Basketball Championship, knocking off the G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack 73-67 in an overtime thriller to win gold on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre.

“It’s an unexplainable feeling,” Lauren Walkley told KTW seconds after the final buzzer, still processing the ending to a game that ruined nerve endings and made parents weep.

“We persevered all season and, somehow, we always come through. We always pull through. It feels amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Lauren and sister Katherine, both Grade 12 guards, were flirting with heartbreak in their last chance at a provincial title, the Titans trailing the Grizzlies by two points with 19.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

South Kam inbounded and the ball went to Gobeil, but her shot was well-defended by Grizzlies’ standout Deanna Tuchscherer, who swatted away the rock and with it, seemingly, South Kam’s championship dreams.

But Grade 10 forward McDonald gave the Walkleys a parting gift when she snared the loose ball and scored with 6.2 seconds remaining to force overtime.

“Oh my gosh. I was so nervous and I knew everyone else was,” said McDonald, who finished with 12 points. “It was so stressful.

“It felt amazing. The crowd was cheering. I was thinking about my team. I just wanted to pull through for them and make that last shot.”

Ear-piercing shrieking from frenzied onlookers, hair-raising noise that started before tip-off and persisted throughout the game, was accompanied by the continuous sound of tin being crushed.

The G.W. Graham faithful travelled well and a select contingent brought trash cans to batter incessantly.

When Gobeil stepped to the free-throw line, she cut through the noise and delivered a message to the aluminum-annihilating Grizzlies’ fan base — get that weak garbage out of here.

The Grade 11 forward and tournament MVP was 14-for-16 from the charity stripe and connected on seven of eight free-throw attempts in overtime, when pressure reached its zenith.

“All season long we’ve been tested, through injury, through illness, and we’ve faced a lot of adversity, some tough games and tough times,” an overwhelmed Titans’ head coach Del Komarniksi said after the game. “All season long, these girls have dealt with it. I couldn’t be more thrilled with a group of young ladies.”

Gobeil did not have her best shooting day, finishing 6-for-28 on field-goal attempts, but was not deterred. At halftime, in a sight not often seen during a provincial final, she ran herself through a shooting drill.

“Practise, practise, practise — it’s what we’ve been working on the whole year,” said Gobeil, who had a team-high 27 points. “Believe in your shot. Believe in yourself and the team.”

The Walkleys were attending their brother’s wedding in Mexico and were unable to play in the 2017 provincial championship, in which the Titans placed fourth. When Lauren badly sprained her ankle in December, she must have wondered if Sweet Sixteen success just wasn’t meant to be.

Any doubts about her health were vanquished on Saturday. Lauren, who set the tone early by calmly draining a jump shot for the game’s first points, was named MVP of the championship tilt.

She had 20 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists in the final, and was named a tournament first-team all-star.

“I can’t even describe the feeling,” Katherine said, standing alongside her sister. “At Okanagans, we were all sick. We’ve had injuries. If we’re down or close, we have to stay with it and keep pushing. That’s how we made it here.

“We love our team so much.”

South Kamloops had an 11-point lead halfway through the second quarter, but G.W. Graham quickly whittled it, thanks mostly to junior national team member Tuchscherer, who tallied a game-high 32 points.

The game remained close the rest of the way, with the Grizzlies taking their first lead late in the third quarter.

“We are not quitters,” said Komarniski, whose coaching stable includes Ken Olynyk, Rachel Lee and Dave Whalen. “We play. We compete. It feels great.”

Morgan-Cherchas, a Grade 11 forward, put her 6-foot-6 frame to good use, grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds and adding nine points. She was named a second-team tournament all-star.

Katherine Walkley’s best work was done on defence, but she also pitched in with five points.

Fiona Brisco was the only other Titan to see the floor, a brief spell to relieve Katherine Walkley, whose dogged defence landed her in foul trouble.

The No. 1-ranked Titans dispatched No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas of North Vancouver 71-52 in semifinal play on Friday, No. 8 Langley Christian 72-59 in a quarter-final clash on Thursday and No. 16 Selkirk of Kimberley 84-22 in Round 1 on Wednesday.

Westsyde downed Smithers 55-33 on Saturday to place 13th.

The Titans who sat on the bench on Saturday will have their day in the sun next season. Lexi Foley-Norris and the Walkleys are South Kam’s only graduating players.

Gobeil, Morgan-Cherchas, McDonald, Brisco, Rohkeya Diaou, Anika Komarniski, Max Kopytko and Jenna Dandurand are eligible to play again next season.

“This just feels like the beginning for me,” McDonald said. “And it’s a great feeling.”

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