Athletics Review: December 9, 2007

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls opened the 2007-2008 season on a winning note last week when they triumphed over St. Margaret’s on Tuesday and GNS on Thursday. Katrina MacIntosh (12pts), Lauren Kipp (12 pts), and Samm Dark (9 pts) lead the girls in their 63-35 win over St. Margaret’s. Shelby Boehm (12 pts), and Ceilidh MacLeod (10 pts) were the top scorers for the Blue Jags in their 40-30 victory over GNS.

On Saturday, the girls were short staffed and came out on the losing end against Brentwood College (52-47) and Gulf Islands (58- 46). Katrina MacIntosh (15pts) and Ceilidh MacLeod (14pts) lead the way against Brentwood while Shelby Boehm (19pts) and Katherine Kohler(6pts) played well against Gulf Islands.

Overall, the girls have displayed an exceptional work ethic, which bodes well for the rest of the season. The next game for the Senior girls is December 13 when they visit Lambrick Park.

Grade 10 Girls Basketball
On the weekend, the Grade 10 Girls basketball team had an excellent start to their competitive season at the Junior Girls Victoria Tip-off Tournament. This 12-team tournament, hosted by Claremont and Spectrum, included six teams from the Greater Vancouver area and three teams from the North Island.

The team, led onto the court by captain Sydney Stockus, set a high standard from the start. Their first game against Mennonite Education Institute from Clearbrook saw the girls dominate with a 46-26 win. Both Sydney and assistant captain, Ciara Glen took charge of the game, both in terms of their leadership on the court and individual athletic performances. Credit for the win also goes to Richelle Leonard, Katriana Gong and Rebecca Mulroney, who raised the bar with their aggressive and physical play.

Against D.W. Poppy from Langley, the score remained within 5 points until the last few minutes of the first half, when the team found themselves down by 10 points at half. In the 2nd half, the team struggled with the enhanced defensive pressure from their opponent and a lack of needed baskets.

The next day, the girls ended with a 3-1-tournament record, with wins against Woodlands (Nanaimo) and St. Thomas Aquinas (North Vancouver). The team was down to seven players by the end of the day, but Emily Mulroney, Kirsten MacLeod and Clare Hendriks came off the bench and made huge impacts both defensively and offensively. The team ended the tournament in 5th place and played with a tenacity that impressed the audience, the coaches and themselves.

The next game for the Junior team is December 10, when they host Spectrum.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys kicked off their regular season this week against a very strong Equimalt team, who came out strong, defending their home court. SMUS opened the game with a series of three-point shots and were leading by six after the first quarter. SMUS played some outstanding defence, limiting the touches of the dominate Esquimalt forwards, and kept the lead through the end of three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the opposition began to get the ball rolling, scoring some easy hoops in transition, and finding the forwards for lay-ups in the half court. The boys put in a fantastic effort, but fell short down the stretch.

Friday, the Senior boys played an exhibition match against Bush Secondary School from Seattle. This game saw the boys play some of the best defence of this young season, which the combined with some strong outside shooting for a win by 16 points.

Before breaking for Christmas, the boys will visit rival Lambrick Park on Thursday.

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