Semiahmoo's Deja Lee (left) will lead her Semiahmoo Totems into the 2019-20 season as the clear favourites in B.C. senior girls Quad-A hoops. Always lurking will be Sophia Wisotzki and the rest of Langley's Walnut Grove Gators. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls AAAA Basketball Top 10 Rankings: Cache of new contenders includes JV champ Fox, yet Semiahmoo’s Totems a rock-solid No. 1

LANGLEY — Down one returning starter but another year older and another season wiser, Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems are, to no one’s surprise, an overwhelming favourite to repeat as B.C.’s top-tiered champs, this time at the brand-new Quad-A level.

Forward Faith Dut has moved on to a career with the Florida Gators, yet the main core of rising Grade 11s — Deja Lee, Tara Wallack, Izzy Forsyth, Raushan Bindra, Emily Wubs, Nicole Pajic — are all back for the Totems of the newly-christened Fraser River South zone.

Behind them, a great Thompson-Okanagan zone battle is shaping up between the No. 2 Kelowna Owls and the No. 3 Okanagan Mission Huskies.

Langley’s No. 4 Brookswood Bobcats, a Fraser Valley East school with Triple-A numbers, is leaning towards staying top-tiered but may elect to play at its numbers season.

Karishma Rai (centre) is one of several touted returnees next season for Abbotsford’s Yale Lions. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)

Abbotsford’s Yale Lions, the favourites in the Quad-A Fraser Valley East, come in at No. 5 with a quartet of returnees, including sisters Neelam and Karishma Rai, Lily Borseth and Kyleigh Boldt.

Port Coquitlam has a bona-fide cross-city rivalry in play as the established No. 6 Riverside Rapids, led by holdover Grade 11-to-be Sammy Shields and its rising junior varsity B.C. Final Four finishers, clashes with the freshly-minted B.C. JV champion Terry Fox Ravens, the No. 7 squad which is led by a galaxy of incoming Grade 10s including Cerys Merton, Lauren Clements and Emily Sussex. Both teams will play out of the newly-formed Fraser River North zone.

Surrey’s Panorama Ridge Thunder, quiet since the 2015-16 season, return to prominence at No. 8.

Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Kodiaks and Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers round out the Top 10.

PoCo’s Terry Fox Ravens won B.C. JV gold earlier this month at the LEC. They sit at No. 7 in the preseason B.C. Quad-A rankings. (Photo by Garrett James property of the Langley Events Centre 2019. All Rights Reserved)




1 Semiahmoo Totems (Surrey) (1)

2 Kelowna Owls (4)

3 Okanagan Mission Huskies (Kelowna) (8)

4 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley) (3)

5 Yale Lions (Abbotsford) (6)

6 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam) (5)

7 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (*1)

8 Panorama Ridge Thunder (Surrey) (DNQ)

9 Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Moody) (DNQ)

10 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (DNQ)

Honourable mention — Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (2), Claremont Spartans (Victoria) (DNQ), Cowichan Thunderbirds (Duncan) (DNQ)

Note — Top-tiered (3A) finish from the recent B.C. championships is indicated in parenthesis. DNQ — did not qualify; DNP — did not place in top nine. * — B.C. junior varsity championship finish.

(B.C. Secondary School Girls Basketball Association)

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