The Mount Baker junior girls basketball team recently attended the B.C. provincial championship tournament in Langley, where they finished in 10th place.
Before entering the tournament the team had captured three gold medals and two silvers in tournament competitions throughout the Okanagan region. With a record of 24 wins and 4 loses the team was given a power ranking of seventh in the pool of sixteen.
In the team’s first match they faced McMath Secondary School from the Lower Mainland zone. This proved to be a tough match up, on the large open court and the girls fell to a tough zone defense by 6 points.
In their second match the team regained their composure and defeated Nechako Secondary from the North West seed. The team defeated Nechako by 15, to move on to face their next opponent where they went on to beat South Kamloops by 12 points.
Their final match featured a squad from Little Flower Academy, which consisted of a team of three Team BC Players. In a hard fought game with various lead changes, the Mount Baker girls fell by one point to claim 10th place overall.
“This was a great accomplishment for our school, and the players were great ambassadors of our community. The support by local business sometimes goes unnoticed but is crucial to allow us to continue to compete,” said coach Joe Tank.
Though the team had a successful season on the court, it wouldn’t have been possible without help from the Cranbrook business community. Businesses were pleased to help out one of the most successful basketball teams the school has seen in ten or more years and were glad to contribute over half of the team’s $5,000 in expenses. It is often not recognized that such a trip would not be possible without this financial aid.
The Wild Jr. Girl’s Basketball team would like to thank the following businesses for making their trip to the BC Provincials possible. Alpine Toyota, Caliper Sales, Renew You, Fiorentino Bros. Construction, Bridge Interiors, Falkins Agencies, School District No. 5, From the Ground Up, Action Rentals, Farbrook Auto, Cranbrook Dodge, Sunshine Houseboats, M&K Plumbing, Rocky Mountain Diesel, Cranbrook Flooring, Wolfpack Signs & Printing.