Both Brandon-based teams went one-and-done at the provincial AAAA high school basketball championships in Winnipeg on Friday.
In the varsity girls’ event, Stephanie Hunter had 10 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks, but it wasn’t enough as the Crocus Plainsmen fell 60-45 to the Sisler Spartans. Abbi Robinson, who played her first game since being concussed earlier in the year, added seven points, while Stacy Shearer had six points and 11 rebounds.
Despite being the lowest seed in the 12-team event, Crocus head coach Adam Hartman felt his team could have come out on top.
“It’s always hard losing your last game no matter where you’re ranked or what seed you are,” he said. “It’s a game that we could have won, but I’m proud of my girls’ effort.”
Meanwhile, the Vincent Massey Vikings fell 77-49 to the Kelvin Clippers in varsity boys action. Jeremy Lucio led the Vikings with 28 points. Iain Cowie had 12.
Massey head coach Brett Nohr admitted his team was just overmatched.
“We try to compete and try to compete and hopefully be there through the fourth quarter,” he said. “We almost got to the half, but then they kept wearing us down. … It’s good (for the returning players) to see that kind of intensity that we don’t see on a daily basis.”
In other high school basketball provincials:
A/AA JV GIRLS
The Neepawa Tigers reached today’s final in Winnipeg against the Teulon Saints. Neepawa opened the event with an 82-26 win over the Oscar Lathlin Wolverines and followed it up with a 52-17 win over the Warren Wildcats in their semifinal. Warren beat Souris 43-32 to open their event. Souris will play in a consolation semifinal today.
A/AA JV BOYS
The Killarney Raiders and Glenboro Panthers will battle for bronze today in Somerset.
Killarney fell 86-69 to the Somerset Lions in its semifinal after defeating the Gimli Lakers 66-48 in its opening game. Glenboro lost its semifinal 48-38 to Landmark in its semifinal. It beat the Ross Grey Raiders 70-56 in the quarter-finals.
AAA/AAAA JV GIRLS
The Virden Golden Bears reached the consolation semifinal in Sanford with a 55-47 win over the Vincent Massey Vikings, but then fell 59-27 to the Vincent Massey Trojans to end their tournament.
AAA/AAAA JV BOYS
Crocus Plains’ event came to an end quickly in Winkler as it fell 84-45 to the Linden Christian Wings in its consolation quarter-final.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 9, 2013