Athletics Review: December 15, 2008

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
The Grade 9 boys basketball team enjoyed a successful week, winning its opening two league games.In the opener, the team blitzed out to a 23-2 first quarter lead against Spencer, thanks to some slick passing and excellent shooting, and the end result was a 56-39 victory. Another strong start against St. Andrews paved the way for a 61-33 win.

A further exhibition game, up in Duncan against Quamichan, ended up incomplete, as a power outage shut down the school. However, a 37-17 SMUS lead with just two minutes to play suggested that the result was not in doubt.

As expected, the Joe Erlic-Liam MacLure combination has been dominant, with the duo providing a good deal of the team’s scoring, rebounding and playmaking. However, others have been making useful contributions, including newcomers Santiago Vallarta and Roger Luo.

A string of Christmas holiday practices will be key in further developing the supporting cast, with the team next in action January 2-3 in the Cowichan Tournament.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls had two league games this week, the first against GNS. The Gryphons were athletic and tall, making it difficult for SMUS to get anything going close to the basket. The Blue Jags struggled offensively in the first half, relying on some steady foul shooting to keep it reasonably close. At the break, the Jags trailed by 3 points, 32-29. In the third quarter, SMUS came out firing, Sydney Stockus began to heat up from the perimeter and Shelby Boehm was relentless on the boards, finally being rewarded for her efforts with some easy put backs. SMUS forced several 8-second backcourt violations, and SMUS took control of the game, winning 62-43 in the end. Shelby Boehm finished with 16 pts and 18 boards, Sydney Stockus netted 22 points, Ciara Glen added 10 pts and Katherine “Kapono” Kohler chipped in 9 boards.

On Thursday, it was off to Sooke to face Edward Milne. The Edward Milne squad was depleted due to injuries and a school dance, so the Blue Jags made easy work of them. Getting up 17 points in the first four minutes of the game, SMUS then looked to slow down the tempo and slacken up their full court pressure. All girls got lots of opportunities to play and the team had much success running their offense. The game finished 54-6 in favour of SMUS. Lauren Kipp and Sydney Stockus led all scorers with 12 points each and Jasmine Yan chipped in with 8 points.

The Senior girls have a break from league play now until school starts up again in January. However, they will face Spectrum and Lambrick Park this weekend in Santa Slam action.

Thursday, Dec. 18th 4 pm at Reynolds vs. Spectrum
Friday, Dec. 19th 9 am at Lambrick vs Lambrick

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 girls basketball team started off league action with two solid wins. On Tuesday, they faced Spencer, with a defensive stand in the 3rd quarter allowing only two points, they secured a 39-18 win. Isailah Johnson-Ferguson had 17 points to lead the team. On Thursday night against St. Andrews, SMUS held their opponents to only 4 points in the first half, and continued their fast “run and gun” style of play to win 64-15. Isailah Johnson-Ferguson had 26 points, while Nicole Chan and Ali Pollen each chipped in 14 points.

Junior Girls Basketball
League play resumed for the Junior girls basketball team on Monday against Claremont High School. Still harped with injuries to four girls, the Junior girls showed a gutsy effort but fell 43-17. Cliona Quail-Bradley led the way in scoring with 7 points and Montana Sawyer chipped in with 4 points. Sophie Yeates was aggressive and provided a lot of second-shot opportunities by collecting 5 rebounds.

On Wednesday, SMUS Junior Girls travelled to Oak Bay High School. With only eight players, the SMUS girls showed a hard working effort, but Oak Bay was too strong and prevailed 51-20. Montana Sawyer led the way with 7 points and Cliona Quail-Bradley added 6 points. With a couple posts injured, the coaches called on Hannah Furness to be aggressive and grab some rebounds and she met the challenge, grabbing six rebounds.

Over the weekend, the SMUS Junior girls travelled to Abbotsford to participate in the Yale Tournament. On Friday night, the Junior Girls were intense and hungry for a victory. In the end, the Blue Jags’ speed and athleticism was too much for Princess Margaret Secondary School and SMUS earned their first win 43-33. After struggling from the foul line on Wednesday, the Junior girls hit some important foul shots to take control of the game. Annie Pike led the way with 22 points and five rebounds. Cliona Quail-Bradley added 12 points.

On Saturday, the Junior Girls had to bring their energy for two very difficult games. First up was the BC Junior Provincial Champions from Centennial. The girls got off to a great start with pressured defence which created good offensive sets. By the end of the first quarter, the SMUS Junior Girls were up 11-10. By halftime, the girls were still working hard and showing heart, but were down by 6 points. Unfortunately, a whole different ball game resulted in the second half. With an intense 1-2-2 full court press by Centennial, the girls could not seem to find the offensive success they were having in the first half and Centennial prevailed 43-17. Sophie Yeates scored 5 points and added six rebounds.

The final game saw SMUS against host school Yale. After another quick start, the girls jumped all over Yale and were leading 14-10 after the first quarter. However, in the second quarter, the girls had great shot opportunities but the ball would not drop for them. Yale went on to win 51-29. Annie Pike was the leading scorer with 15 points. Sophie Yeates was strong and aggressive all weekend on the rebounding side by collecting 12 rebounds to go along with her 4 points.

This week, the SMUS Junior girls travel to Belmont on Monday (4:15pm) and play their final league game before Christmas against Lambrick at 5:45pm at SMUS on Wednesday.

The Senior badminton season began last week with three exhibition games against various schools from the local league. In the games, the SMUS team dominated, winning 75 out of a possible 78 matches. The team looks good early in the season, and the hopes are high this year, with goals to make it all the way to the provincial championships.

Senior members Mike Zhou and Carol Ng have been named co-captains of the team. Newcomers Edmond Yui, Frank Chang and Grade 8 phenom Ethan Lee join the boys’ squad this year, while Becky Thomas, Stacie Hoi, Anita Chow and Cassandra Quon make their debuts for the girls.

The team has regular league games on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45.

The first game will be an away game at Mt. Doug on Thursday, January 8th.


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