Atheltics Review: February 1, 2009

Junior Girls Take Silver Medal at ISA Championships
This past weekend, the SMUS Junior girls participated in the annual ISA Tournament hosted by SMUS. On Friday morning, the Junior girls took on St. John’s. The game went back and forth with numerous lead changes. Trailing by 5 points in the fourth quarter, the SMUS girls hit some key shots down the stretch to pull out a 36-35 win. Annie Pike and Cliona Quail-Bradley were the leading scorers with 11 points a piece. Sophie Yeates pulled down 7 rebounds.

In the semi-final game Saturday morning, the SMUS girls had a rematch against Crofton House from Vancouver. About two months ago, Crofton House topped the SMUS girls by 10 points. However, the rematch was a total different story. The SMUS defence was too intense and the execution of the offensive plays gave the girls a 40-18 victory. Annie Pike lead the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Mary Fry added 6 rebounds and Montana Sawyer contributed with five assists.

In the final, the SMUS girls were in tough against provincial powerhouse Yorkhouse, who came into the game ranked 5th in the province. The Blue Jags did not back down and worked really hard against their opponent. Their intensity throughout the game was fearless and motivating. However, in the end, size took over and the final score resulted in a 49-15 victory for Yorkhouse. Annie Pike led the scoring with 8 points. Sophie Yeates battled all game on the boards and pulled down 8 rebounds.

It was a really successful weekend for the girls, as they brought home the silver medal. On Monday, the team will play their final league game at Stelly’s at 4:15pm.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys basketball team was up in Mill Bay on the weekend for the Brentwood College Countdown to Playoffs tournament.

The boys had high hopes going into the weekend and after a week of preparation, the boys were ready for action. However, the boys stumbled out of the gates in their first game of the tournament against Spectrum. Spectrum, perhaps avenging a 30-point loss earlier in the season, outplayed the boys and soundly beat the Blue Jags 55-51.

SMUS played the remainder of the weekend on the consolation side of the draw. In game two, the boys faced a familiar opponent in Reynolds School. A starting line up of Marc van der Wal, Tycho Mommsen-Smith, Travis Denley, Ching Ping Hsieh, and Ryan Tang provided the spark that the team needed, and after jumping out to an early lead, the Blue Jags never looked back, running away with the game in a 40-point victory.

In the final game of the weekend, SMUS played a potential playoff match up against Shawigan Lake school. Facing a line-up with several players above 6’7″, the SMUS forwards had their work cut out for them. After going down early in the first quarter, the boys battled back, attacking in transition and wearing the larger Shawigan team down. Jure Erlic took advantage of a mismatch on offence to rattle off 9 straight points, giving the Blue Jags a lead they would not surrender. While the game remained close, Tim Wu put the nail in the coffin with a jumper from the baseline late in the fourth quarter. Tim was named to the tournament’s 2nd all star team.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls basketball team travelled to Richmond on Thursday for the McMath Wildcat Classic. Looking for some top tournament results, the team squared off against Delta in the opening round. An aggressive full-court press wreaked havoc on the Blue Jags, who coughed up 22 turnovers in the first half. Sydney Stockus kept the Blue Jags in the game, leading all scorers with 20 points, but it was not enough.

Over to the consolation side of the draw, the Blue Jags then faced an upstart Steveston team. SMUS jumped out of the gates early with a 15-2 lead after the first quarter. Steveston stormed back, but the SMUS defence kept them in check, earning a 40-35 victory.

SMUS had just one game remaining in the tournament against island-team Wellington, out of Nanaimo. In the consolation final, with big implications for island seeding, the Blue Jags looked tough. Shelby Boehm led all scorers with 8 points and 14 rebounds, Lauren Kipp added 8 points and Jasmine Yan added 7 points. The final score was 37-28 for SMUS. Sydney Stockus was named to the tournament’s all-star team.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
The Grade 9 boys basketball team got back to its winning ways, riding some hot shooting and a virtuoso individual performance from point guard Joe Erlic to a 59-48 victory over Oak Bay. Erlic proved a handful all night coming off the ball screen, on his way to 26 points and 8 assists. Post Liam MacLure was also effective, adding 19 points on a variety of jump shots and jump hooks. Off the bench, guard Johnny Sipos continued his improved play, while wing Alex Davies, although held scoreless, proved an effective defender and auxiliary ballhandler. Finally, post Lewis Liu rediscovered his outside touch en route to nailing three trifectas.

The squad now moves on to a key game at GNS, who share top spot in the league.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
This week the Grade 9 girls basketball team had a break from league action, but travelled to Surrey for a tournament at Enver Creek. On Friday evening, they faced Centennial. It was a close contest for the first three quarters, however, Centennial ran the floor aggressively in the fourth and opened up a sizeable lead. SMUS did a great job keeping their posts off the boards, and Isailah Johnson-Ferguson had a 14 point performance, but it was not enough to escape the 43-27 loss.

Saturday morning, SMUS played GW Graham and secured a 10-point lead in the first half. The Graham press and quick hands in the second half were a challenge for SMUS, and turnovers gave them some trouble as the 2nd half ran down. A couple of attempts to regain the lead were unsuccessful and SMUS fell 35-33. Madison Hadfield had 19 points and Sara Taylor chipped in 8 points.

After refuelling, the girls faced host team Enver Creek. SMUS came together on offense, with a 7-0 run in the first quarter. Production was well spread through the team and resulted in a 33-18 victory. Isailah Johnson-Ferguson was selected as a tournament all-star with standout performances over the weekend.

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