Junior Girls at Islands
As the midterm break began for most Brentwood students, the Junior Girls Basketball team dribbled, shot, and Eurostepped themselves into the Island Championship in Victoria.
The girls, who had enjoyed an undefeated season in the Mid-Island league - and defeated Shawnigan in the qualifier - opened up their first Islands game against Victoria’s #2 seed Claremont Secondary. In the first half, the girls fell behind early but battled back to draw even 20-20 at the break. Claremont surged again after the half - and Brentwood again closed the gap. The veteran Claremont lineup, however, proved too much for our heroines: down by four with one minute left, we were forced to foul. Claremont, the eventual silver medallists, hit their free throws and clinched a narrow victory.
Our second game was against St Michaels University School and featured another back and forth affair. Unfortunately, not even Miranda NP’s buzzer-beating three could save the day: SMUS edged us 44-42. In their final game of the tournament on Saturday morning, the girls bounced back from the disappointment of these two close defeats and took on the #2 seed from the North, Vanier Secondary School, earning a definitive win 46-27 to end their Island tournament.
This is a team to watch for the next four years: its core features four Grade 8s and five Grade 9s. The team will certainly miss the athleticism and energy of its only Grade 10 member, Chloe “The Cyclone” C, Allard ‘21. The senior squad will be lucky to have her join them next year.
The girls will end their season at the Mulgrave Invitational Tournament in West Vancouver this coming weekend.
Jim Ganley, Privett ‘34