Athletics Review: January 13, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls basketball team continued their winning streak with a 69-10 win over St. Andrews. Shelby Boehm (20 pts), Samm Dark (13 pts), Jasmine Yan (12 pts) and Anna Fretz (10 pts) led the SMUS girls to victory.

The girls took part in the Victoria Fitness Exchange exhibition tournament at Lambrick Park this weekend. On Friday, the short-staffed team was over-matched against the number one provincially-ranked Mission team and lost 96-18. Junior call-up Sydney Stockus (9 pts) and Anna Fretz (5 pts) led the way for SMUS.

Later Friday night, the girls bounced back to beat local rival GNS 48-43 behind the stellar play of Katrina MacIntosh (13 pts) and Sydney Stockus (16 pts). Unfortunately the girls couldn’t repeat the performance against the Brentwood squad on Saturday when they lost 51-41. Shelby Boehm (12 pts) once again played hard, with Anna Fretz and Kelsey Harbord providing some much needed defensive work. The girls are now entering the stretch and are improving their individual and teamwork skills for the rest of the season. The next game is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15. at Parkland.

Grade 10 Girls Basketball
The Grade 10 girls basketball team started the new year with their first league game vs. Reynolds. The team wanted to improve their performance against Reynolds after a two- point defeat in an exhibition match prior to the holidays. During the Christmas holidays, many of the players had the opportunity to play with the Senior Girls in some exhibition games at the Mount Douglas Tournament and they participated in a training camp held by the Senior Girls Coaching Staff the week before school started. They were eager to put what they had learned through these experiences to test.

The team was successful in playing a much stronger game this time around. Sydney Stockus was the high scorer and a threat every time she had the ball. Rebecca Mulroney continued to be a stable force for the team with her tenacity on defence and improved offence performance. Although the team struggled with offence, players like Kirsten MacLeod demonstrated a tremendous work rate that the girls were able to penetrate the defence and keep the game close up until the last shot of the game. The final score was 34-37 for Reynolds. It was a tough loss but a good start to the season.

The next game for the team is a home game vs. Oak Bay on Monday, January 14.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 basketball girls team had a great game against GNS their first day back. The team easily beat GNS 60 – 9, and gained confidence in their offensive plays. Honourable mention goes to Hannah Furness and Cliona Bradley-Quail for their quick hustle down the court and scoring 12 points during the game.

The next game is an away game vs. Parkland on Monday, January 14.

Senior Boys Basketball
Coming off a long Christmas break, the Senior boys played two important league games this week.
On Tuesday, the boys travelled to Reynolds and in the first half they were flowing in their offensive skills and looking smooth in their transition game. After jumping to a 10-point lead by half time, the team lost control in the third quarter and ended up losing the game by ten.

Next, the boys faced the Edward Milne squad, who played a tightly packed 2-3 zone and forced the SMUS side to take outside shots. In spite of missing some early shots, the team caught fire in the second half and ran away with a 20 point win. 

The team will go into three consecutive weekend tournaments leading to the playoffs.

Grade 10 Boys Basketball
League play resumed this week with the first game against Lambrick. Our boys played some good defensive minutes and strong play from Jure Erlic and Tycho Mommsen-Smith paved the way for a 52-38 victory. The second game put the team against the undefeated Belmont team for a critical league match-up. Down 14-5 after the first quarter, with defensive tenacity and forceful play, the team ended the first half up 23-20. In the third quarter, shots were falling from everyone and Belmont was back on its heels, pushing the score to 47-30. The fourth quarter saw the momentum slow down but in the final two minutes of play the SMUS squad secured a well-deserved 51-43 victory. Tycho Mommsen-Smith led the way defensively and made some key baskets while Jamie Yorath played a strong game.

The boys finished the week in the Island Challenge tournament. The team played a strong Dover Bay squad in the quarter-final and struggled to secure rebounds. The key moment was midway through the fourth quarter, when the team was down by nine points with four minutes to go. A quick change on offence gave more open looks and the team capitalized on some good full-court pressure, tying the game at 58 to force overtime. In overtime, the SMUS squad won 63-59. Ryan Melvin had a fantastic game.

Against Brentwood, good contributions from all players made for a 32-23 victory and put the team in the final. In the final against Belmont. The team worked hard defensively and rebounded and attacked well on offence. With leads of 9-0 and a halftime score of 37-19, the squad looked to be cruising towards the championship. The tide turned in the second half and Belmont closed the gap within three points but could get no closer. SMUS ended up with its first tournament win of the year and a final score of 54-49. Jamie Yorath played outstanding offensively the whole tournament and Jure Erlic played an excellent defensive game in the final particularly on the boards.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
After their weekend training camp, the team travelled to Reynolds to play their junior squad. Defensively, they were successful in holding the Reynolds squad to 18 points in the first half. In the second half, the team was tied by the beginning of the fourth quarter but eventually lost by six. After a hard and focused practice on Tuesday, the squad came up against a big Edward Milne team. Led by guard Leo Chou, the team sliced through Edward Milne’s 2-3 zones and was up 22-5 at the half. In the second half, all players saw considerable action. Colin Smith and Stefan Hall owned the boards, pulling in multiple rebounds while Brian Yen penetrated the zone from the wing. The final result was a 41-21 victory for SMUS.

The next game for the team is a home game vs. Oak Bay on Tuesday, January 15.

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