Athletics Review: Not Much Love for the Competition

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Although we are in the heart of basketball season, SMUS has not shown a lot of love to the competition lately and they’re looking to continue that trend with a full weekend ahead. Reagan Daly and Lindsay Brooke update us on the hard-court happenings.

Junior Boys Basketball
by Reagan Daly
Junior boys basketball wrapped up their league play last week with a perfect 9-0 record against teams from the Victoria area. This week the playoffs have begun, and the boys have maintained their unbeaten streak through the quarter finals and semi-finals. In the quarter final game, the boys defeated Parklands in a one sided affair. All players saw considerable floor time, however, Max Pollen was named player of the game with 19 points. In the semi finals, SMUS beat a feisty Lambrick Park squad by a margin of 40 points. Jason Scully was named player of the game and finished with a game high 22 points.

The boys have now booked their ticket to the island tournament, and look ahead to the city final on Friday evening at 6pm at Claremont, where they will face a talented Oak Bay team.

Senior Girls Basketball
by Lindsay Brooke

The Senior girls basketball team wrapped up league play this week with games against Edward Milne and Lambrick Park. The team travelled to Sooke on Tuesday for their league game with Edward Milne. Edward Milne has struggled in league play and this game would be no different. The Blue Jags dominated both ends of the court. Offensively, they were scoring inside and out. Kate Cluley, just back from an ankle injury, shot 50% from the three-point line and finished with 11 points. Claire Williams finished with a game-high 14 points and 9 rebounds in a solid all-around effort. Orla Glen chipped in with 9 points. Jocelyne Yan provided much energy on the court, diving for loose balls and securing the boards. All the Blue Jags ended up on the scoresheet and defeated Edward Milne by a final score of 56-10.

In the highly anticipated matchup with Lambrick Park, the Blue Jags got off to a roaring start taking a 23-11 first quarter lead. Bolstered by the outside shooting of Sophia Ducharme, SMUS led the entire game and closed it out winning 62-52. Ducharme finished with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Abbey Piazza added 11 points and Rachel Sibbald chipped in with 10 points. Jenna Dhillon, Claire Williams and Erin Hope each finished with 6 points. The win put the Jags in first place and the Victoria #1 ranking heading into the South Island playoffs.

photos by Rob Ducharme

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