Natalie Vachon (middle) and Heidi Smith of the Virden Golden Bears chase Madison Gorzen of the Dakota Lancers during varsity girls basketball action at the Java Jam high school basketball tournament on Saturday afternoon. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Jade Smith went off for 22 points for the Virden Golden Bears on Saturday to lead them to the Java Jam varsity girls’ basketball tournament championship at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.
Virden’s Natalie Vachon was named the tournament MVP, while teammate Heidi Smith was the defensive player of the event, which the Golden Bears won with a 77-61 victory over the Dakota Lancers in the final. Tristen Ogonoski had 23 points for the Lancers, who had Kelsey Thorkelsson named to the all-star team.
Neelin’s Paige Thomson, Kildonan East’s Martina Akot, Westwood’s Nikki Majewski and Rachel Hill of St. Mary’s were also named to the all-star team.
Crocus Plains’ Frances Krinke received the leadership award.
Neelin 61 St. Mary’s 42
Thomson put up 20 points to lead the Spartans to a third-place finish. Hill replied with 17 for the Flames.
Kildonan East 52 Vincent Massey 49
The Reivers won the fifth-place game with the help of Akot’s 19 points. Brittany Boschman had 19 for the Vikings.
Westwood 57 Crocus Plains 53
Majewski, who will join the Brandon University Bobcats women’s volleyball team next season, had 19 points for the Warriors in the seventh-place game. Desirae Peiffer had 17 for the Plainsmen.
Selkirk 44 Kildonan East 22
Morgan Raposo put up 11 points to lead the Royals to the junior varsity championship. Aimee Garland posted nine for the Reivers.
Virden 86 Crocus Plains 27
The Golden Bears finished third with Samantha Siemens pacing the team with 17 points. Paige Donald had 15 for the Plainsmen.
Grandview 79 S. Valley 24
Bailey White netted 15 points for the Spartans in the fifth-place game, while Jillian Maga posted 12 for the Tigers.
Vincent Massey 55 Neelin 20
The Vikings were paced in the seventh-place game by Jada Benoit’s 14-point effort. Jessica Hutcheson had six for the Spartans.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 10, 2014