It will be a battle of Westman today at the provincial AAA high school girls’ basketball championship in Swan River.
The Neelin Spartans and Virden Golden Bears go head-to-head in today’s semifinals at 10 a.m., for the chance to play for a provincial title.
The fourth-seeded Spartans advanced with a 71-57 in over the Westgate Wings in their quarter-final on Thursday. Paige Thomson, who has committed to join the University of Victoria Vikes next season, paced the Spartans with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Kristine Ward also posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards. Courtney Matienzo added 10 points for the Neelin, which built a 41-31 lead at the half.
In another quarter-final, the top-ranked Golden Bears dominated the host Swan Valley Tigers in their game. They jumped out to a 22-2 lead after the first quarter and rolled to a 90-22 victory. Virden had a balanced attack with Heidi Smith leading the way with 18 points, followed by Logan Biccum at 17. Jade Smith chipped in with 14 points, Natalie Vachon added 12 and Morgan Kobialko posted 11.
Meanwhile, on the boys’ side of the draw, Quinton Hunter drained nine three-pointers and finished with 35 points as the fourth-seeded Neelin Spartans beat Flin Flon’s Hapnot Kopper Kings 79-50 in their quarter-final on Thursday. Andrew Paul added 22 points and Brodie Gill chipped in with 10 for the Spartans, who out-rebounded the Kings and led 39-22 at the half.
The Spartans will take on the top-seeded Westgate Wings in the semifinals today at noon.
» Brandon Sun