Senior girls basketball enjoyed a successful week, playing in the Victoria Christmas Tournament and winning three straight games before falling to Pacific Christian School in the final. As a result, SMUS has made its first appearance of the season in the B.C. AA Top 10 rankings.
Balanced scoring and solid rebounding remained keys to success, with the team’s depth also being called in to play when injuries sidelined both Mia Roberts and Olivia Donald. Leah Sparkman contributed two double-doubles in points and rebounds, while Laura Williams, Robyn Noel and Aveen Glen were other notable performers.
Wins over Wellington (76-42), Sir Winston Churchill (64-48) and Parkland (85-59) propelled the Blue Jags to the final. However, a hot shooting PCS took control early in the championship game, grabbing a 40-28 halftime lead and coasted home.
At the Junior level, SMUS has made an immediate impression in local play, showing some gritty defence while securing key league wins against both Oak Bay (28-21) and Claremont (36-32). As well, the team balanced exhibition victories over West Point Grey and Nanaimo District Secondary with a narrow loss to visiting Harry Ainlay of Edmonton.
In the Victoria Christmas event, the team dug deep to overcome a tall and talented Belmont squad, but then fell in the semifinal to a quick and skilled Lord Tweedsmuir outfit. Taylor Noel, Zoe Lott, Isabella Leong and Meredith Selwood have featured prominently throughout the season.
The Senior boys found themselves in tough against AAAA No. 2 Walnut Grove in the opening round of the Vancouver College Emerald Tournament. However, a much more competitive second half set the stage for an improved performance the following day against the hosts. SMUS led for most of the game, and 63-60 with 2:45 to play. However, the Fighting Irish made the key plays down the stretch to claim the result.
SMUS did wrap up the event with a comfortable 70-46 victory over Windemere. Ryan Hindson was named to the All-Star team, while Jamison Schulz-Franco, Jasper Bosley and Ben Keep all had their moments. The team can only benefit from its demanding schedule, which will not get any easier December 17-19 at the Oak Bay Gary Taylor Basketball Classic.