Melaina Corrado (left) and Makenna Jacklin (right) of No. 1-ranked Okanagan Mission will oppose Marin Lenz and No. 2 Abbotsford as two of the top provincial contenders in the new Triple-A tier of B.C. girls high school basketball. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior girls basketball preseason Top 10 rankings: Addition of Quad-A ushers in a new era of four-tiered hoops

LANGLEY — It’s whole new world for B.C. senior girls high school basketball when the  2019-20 season tips off around the province on Monday.

While the cream of this province’s annual crop of top players and teams will eventually rise to the surface in time for March Madness, the paths so many will follow will be different as the sport enters a four-tiered existence for the first time.

And making the landscape even a little bit more fuzzy is the realignment of zones across all sports throughout the province.

Like the boys who made the same move back in 2013-14, the addition of a Quad-A tier will not only serve to sift to a more concentrated group of bigger schools at the top end, but as well create an entirely new sub-group of slightly smaller schools (the new Triple-A tier) who may not have been tested against each other in rivalry situations.

As St. Thomas, Fleetwood Park, Southridge, Rick Hansen, South Kamloops and North Delta have so ably demonstrated in winning the first six boys AAA titles, there is a new galaxy of rivalries set to take shape for the girls this season. Some of those schools, based on the preseason rankings, include Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies, the Argyle Pipers of North Vancouver,  the Abbotsford Panthers, and Richmond’s R.A. McMath Wildcats.

Here are this season’s Top 10 Preseason B.C. senior girls basketball rankings from 4A through 1A, along with the B.C. junior girls rankings.

The Semiahmoo Totems won their first senior girls top-tiered blue banner last season. If they repeat, they’ll be the first-ever winners at the Quad-A level. (Photo property of Langley Events Centre 2019. All rights reserved)



1 Semiahmoo Totems (White Rock)

2 Kelowna Owls (Kelowna)

3 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley)

4 Yale Lions (Abbotsford)

5 Walnut Grove Gators (Langley)

6 Terry Fox Ravens (Port Coquitlam)

7 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam)

8 Panorama Ridge Thunder (Surrey)

9 Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey)

10 Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers (Surrey)

Honourable mention — Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Coquitlam); Claremont Spartans (Victoria); Earl Marriott Mariners (Surrey)

(BCSSGBA Executive)

R.A. McMath point guard Liz Kennedy and the rest of the Wildcats are one of the favoured teams to start the 2019-20 B.C. senior girls Triple A basketball campaign. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)


1 Okanagan Mission Huskies (Kelowna)

2 Abbotsford Panthers (Abbotsford)

3 R.A. McMath Wildcats (Richmond)

4 Argyle Pipers (North Vancouver)

5 G.W. Graham Grizzlies (Chilliwack)

6 Vernon Panthers (Vernon)

7 MEI Eagles (Clearbrook)

8 Pitt Meadows Marauders (Pitt Meadows)

9 Valleyview Vikings (Kamloops)

10 Duchess Park Condors (Prince George)

Honourable mention — South Kamloops Titans, Windsor Dukes (North Vancouver), St. Michaels University School Blue Jags (Victoria)

(BCSSGBA Executive)

Langley Christian’s Makenna Gardner will try to lead her team to a B.C. senior girls Double-A title this season. The Lightning open the new campaign at No. 1. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)


1 Langley Christian Lightning

2 St Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints (North Vancouver)

3 Britannia Bruins (Vancouver)

4 St. Thomas More Knights (Burnaby)

5 St. John Brebeuf Bears (Abbotsford)

6 Southridge Storm (Surrey)

7 Lambrick Lions Pride (Victoria)

8 York House Tigers (Vancouver)

9 Seycove Seyhawks (North Vancouver)

10 Pacific Christian Pacers (Victoria)

Honourable mention — Notre Dame Jugglers (Vancouver), Holy Cross Crusaders (Surrey), Nechako Valley Viqueens (Vanderhoof)

(BCSSGBA Executive)


1 Credo Christian Kodiaks (Langley)

2 Unity Christian Flames (Chilliwack)

3 Kelowna Christian Knights (Kelowna)

4 Bulkley Valley Christian Royals (Smithers)

5 St. Andrew’s Sabres (Victoria)

6 Khalsa Lions (Surrey)

7 Heritage Christian Saints (Kelowna)

8 Grand Forks Wolves

9 Sir Alexander MacKenzie Griffins (Hagensborg)

10 Fernie Falcons

Honourable mention — Pemberton Red Devils, Northside Christian Northstars (Vanderhoof)

(BCSSGBA Executive)


1 Kelowna Owls

2 R.A. McMath Wildcats (Richmond)

3 Brookswood Bobcats (Langley)

4 Brentwood College (Mill Bay)

5 Seycove Seyhawks (North Vancouver)

6 Riverside Rapids (Port Coquitlam)

7 Walnut Grove Gators (Langley)

8 Fleetwood Park Dragons (Surrey)

9 Heritage Woods Kodiaks (Port Coquitlam)

10 Belmont Bulldogs (Victoria)

(BCSSGBA Executive)

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