LANGLEY — With eight of the Top 10 senior girls Quad-A ranked teams set to do battle over the next four days at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, it’s interesting to note heading into play at the Langley Events Centre, which team comes into the 20-team field with the highest provincial ranking.
No. 1 Semiahmoo and No. 9 W.J. Mouat are not part of the field, thus Port Coquitlam’s No. 2-ranked Terry Fox Ravens, an all-Grade 10 team, heads up the field.
The Ravens got a huge boost this week with the inspiring return of Karin Khuong!
KARIN "2K" KH🏀UNG— Terry Fox Athletics (@TFSAthletics) December 11, 2019
Suited up for the 1st time in over a year after beating Stage 4 cancer in tonights 101-10 win over the Centaurs. The Ravens were draining the 3pt shot with ease, even Karin got in on the action as you can see as the bench erupts.@TerryFox43 @TFSRavens @sd43bc pic.twitter.com/LG3fAzVxu4
Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies, also a part of the TBI 2019 field, maintained its spot at No. 1 in the Triple-A rankings.
Interestingly enough, the TBI draw looks very one-sided upon release of these latest Quad-A rankings (click here for full draw). The draw was released Nov. 11, and two weeks later when the pre-season rankings were released, the balance was clear.
On the top half of the draw where No. 2 Kelowna, No. 4 Yale, and No. 7 Riverside. On the bottom half of there draw were No. 3 Brookswood, No. 5 Walnut Grove, No. 6 Terry Fox and honourable mention Heritage Woods.
Since that time, however, culminating with the release of the latest poll today, the top half has No. 6 Riverside, No. 7 Yale and No. 8 Kelowna. Meanwhile, the bottom half has No. 2 Terry Fox, No. 3 Walnut Grove, No. 4 Heritage Woods, and No. 5 Brookswood.
Nothing counts on paper, yet whomever survives that bottom half to get to Saturday’s championship final while have truly earned their shot at the title.
The Double-A and Single-A tiers did not release rankings this week.
Here’s a look:
1 Semiahmoo Totems (White Rock) (LW-1)
2 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam) (3)
3 Walnut Grove Gators (Langley) (4)
4 Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Moody) (6)
5 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley) (7)
6 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam) (5)
7 Yale Lions (Abbotsford) (8)
8 Kelowna Owls (Kelowna) (2)
9 W.J. Mouat (Abbotsford) (HM)
10 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey) (10)
Honourable mention — Panorama Ridge Thunder (Surrey) (9), Claremont Spartans (Victoria) (HM)
1 Okanagan Mission Huskies (Kelowna) (LW-1)
2 Abbotsford Panthers (Abbotsford) (2)
3 R.A. McMath Wildcats (Richmond) (3)
4 Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver) (4)
5 Vernon Panthers (Vernon) (6)
6 MEI Eagles (Clearbrook) (7)
7 Valleyview Vikings (Kamloops) (9)
8 South Kamloops Titans (HM),
9 G.W. Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack) (5)
10 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George) (10)
Honourable mention — Pitt Meadows Marauders (Pitt Meadows) (8), Robert Bateman Timberwolves (Abbotsford) (NR), Fraser Heights Firehawks (Surrey) (NR), Wellington Wildcats (Nanaimo) (NR)
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