Athletics Review: Dec 14, 2009

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls basketball team got their season underway this week with two league games. The first league game was against Edward Milne of Sooke. Edward Milne opened the scoring to lead 2-0. However, this was only temporary, as the Blue Jags ignited on offense and put the shackles on, defensively. SMUS went on a 35-0 run after the opening basket and finished the half leading 45-4. SMUS’ hot outside shooting was too much for the inexperienced 2-3 zone of the Sooke squad. Cliona “the Qube” Quail-Bradley was particularly deadly from the perimeter. She finished with 14 points. The final score was 80-7. Strong defensive performances were had by Ciara Glen (7 steals) and Grade 9 phenom, Abbey Piazza (8 steals). Sydney Stockus led all scorers with 18 points and Annie Pike chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

The team’s second league game was against Esquimalt, another young and inexperienced squad. SMUS made quick work of the Dockers, finishing the game 81-6. Annie Pike led all scorers with 16 points, Grade 10 Madison Hadfield chipped in with 10 points and “the Qube” added another 11 points. Once again, Piazza had a nose for the ball, making 6 steals. Rebecca Mulroney pulled down 7 rebounds and Hadfield added 6 boards to her stat line.

The team is looking forward to some stronger competition next week as they take on PCS in league play and then they compete in the Santa Slam Invitational at Lambrick Park.

Grade 10 Girls Basketball
The Grade 10 girls basketball team hit the road this past weekend for the Christmas Classic tournament at Simon Fraser University. There was light snow falling outside the gym, but inside, it was raining three-pointers. Alice Wang, Lauren Laprise and Ronnie Tsai all contributed from behind the arc. SMUS played four physical games against Mission, Argyle, Delta and Heritage Park. They worked hard on defence. In a gym full of injuries, SMUS escaped with some bumps and bruises, but came out smiling. They are ready for a well deserved break over the holidays, and will be ready to compete in the league opener on January 6th.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 girls basketball team faced three challenging teams at the Yale Secondary School Junior tournament in Abbotsford on December 11-12 weekend. In their first game the team showed their defensive skills, and battled hard against a very fast Centennial Junior girls team. Hannah McElderry was the leading scorer for SMUS with 10 points. An early Saturday morning game against a very physical Yale team, on their home turf, proved too challenging to beat. The girls rallied and came out hard and strong in their final game against Chilliwack, but were not able to pull out a win. Orla Glen was awarded a tournament All-Star for her leadership qualities and smart game play throughout. The team of eight worked hard, and will have a good base to start their league play in the New Year.

Junior Boys Basketball
Some aggressive first half defence, along with balanced scoring, proved enough to propel SMUS to victory over Lord Tweedsmuir in the final of the December 10-12 Gary Taylor Invitational Junior Boys Basketball Tournament.

Tweedsmuir struggled to get untracked in the opening two quarters and trailed 27-11 at the break. While mounting a comeback of sorts, based on a flurry of deep three pointers, the Surrey based visitors could only get within seven points in what finished a 51-41 final margin in SMUS’ favour.

Coach Rich Primrose was pleased with the effort of the SMUS players. “We have been spending a lot of time on defence, and, in certain periods of each game, saw some positive results this weekend.”

SMUS had opened with a 37-23 first round win over Belmont before defeating Oak Bay 48-25 in the semifinals. Joe Erlic was named tournament MVP, while Liam MacLure and Mark Yorath were selected as All-Stars.

To close the term, the team then ran its record to 8-2 overall with a 61-32 victory over MEI. More aggressive defence, this time spearheaded by Derek Hyde-Lay and Dawit Workie, again paved the way, while Erlic’s 25 points and some timely contributions from David Pollen and Steve Whillams were also crucial.

In the New Year, the team will travel twice to the Mainland, to compete in the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament and then in the North Shore Invitational.

Ballroom Dance
At the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society’s Clubs Closed competition, twelve students from SMUS and five couples from Stelly’s High took to the dance floor to compete in the high school section of the event. Kun Yang Lee and his partner Emily Ready placed 2nd in jive. In Slow Waltz, Cameron Buckingham and Paige Stephens claimed second place and Richard Cunningham and Julia Rego place 3rd. Congratulations to all for an outstanding, fun-filled first competition. The team will compete again in 3rd term in another Clubs Closed competition as well as in Dance Pacifica, a DanceSport sanctioned event.


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