Reegan Bond (right) of Kelowna's Dr. Knox Falcons was selected MVP of the B.C. junior championship final. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Adversity just what Dr. Knox ordered, but Falcons fight through to top SMUS and win 2020 B.C. junior girls championship

LANGLEY — Last weekend, while getting in little exercise up in Kelowna, Lisa Nickle took a spill and wound up tearing her Achilles.Not only was it painful, but it was a dose of adversity the head coach of the B.C. junior championship-bound Dr. Knox Falcons surely didn’t need.On Saturday morning, however, as her team stood […]

Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags beat Kelowna to earn a spot in Saturday's B.C. junior girls basketball final at the LEC. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons set to face Victoria’s SMUS Blue Jags in B.C. junior girls basketball final Saturday at the LEC

By Gary Ahuja (Special for Varsity Letters)LANGLEY — The Interior or Vancouver Island … where will this year’s championship trophy travel to? That is the question as the 2020 Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Invitational Tournament concludes.Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons have their sights set on capturing the title while Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags […]

The Terry Fox Ravens celebrate a win over Yale and a berth in Saturday's B.C. senior girls AAAA finals against Semiahmoo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Merton’s back-to-back coast-to-coast lay-ups spur Terry Fox’s late 10-0 run, Ravens top Yale in Final Four to draw Totems in Quad-A final!

LANGLEY — It was a basketball game whose flow, while filled with pace, seemed to be playing out as if being held on a short leash.No big swings either way, buckets being answered with buckets, stops being answered by stops. You know the drill.But then, midway through the fourth quarter, like something that just fell […]

Semiahmoo's Tara Wallack (right) finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds as the No. 1 Totems topped Walnut Grove for a chance to repeat as provincial top-tiered girls basketball champs on Saturday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Totems’ time is here again! Coach McNeill lauds work rate, grit and depth performances as key factors in Final 4 win over WGSS Gators

LANGLEY — Allison McNeill is quick to point out there is no secret to the success of her defending B.C. senior girls Quad-A champion Semiahmoo Totems.“We work hard and that’s what gets you anything,” said head coach McNeill after No. 1-seeded Semiahmoo wore down Langley’s No. 4 Walnut Grove Gators to the tune of 105-78 […]

Abbotsford's Grade 9 star Malia Lenz (left) prepares to split the defence of Argyle's Holly Brewer (left) and Hope Pearmain on Friday in the AAA Final Four at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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It’s Marin’s world, but Grade 9 Panthers are hardly bit players as Abby tops Argyle in AAA Final Four clash

LANGLEY — On Tuesday, Marin Lenz was named the Player of the Year in B.C. senior girls high school basketball.If you saw Lenz play on Friday, as the B.C. Triple A championships reached its Final Four, you wanted to give her yet another award: Decoy of the Year.Yes, she scored 32 points and was the […]

OKM Huskies' senior guard Melaina Corrado (centre) takes it hard to the rim against McMath's Caitlin Kippan (left) and Abby Bodden during B.C. AAA semifinal Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Okanagan Mission Huskies revel in a defensive state of mind! Stops key an 11-0 run, win over McMath and berth in Saturday’s B.C. Triple A final

LANGLEY — When the Okanagan Mission Huskies came to Langley in mid-December for the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, they were an untested and relatively unknown entity in the world of B.C. high school girls basketball.After they beat the Britannia Bruins in the championship final, however, they set in place an identity which has made them one […]

With York House's Nadeen Wu in pursuit, Langley Christian's Sydney Bradshaw turns a corner in the key during fourth quarter action from Friday's B.C. 2A semifinal contest at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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They’ve put ‘The Shot’ behind them! No. 1 seed Langley Christian top York House to earn B.C. finals berth vs. No. 2 Britannia

LANGLEY — Makenna Gardner remembers the pain of ‘The shot’, and now that she and her Langley Christian teammates have officially exorcised the memories of last season’s B.C. semifinal OT loss to the G.W, Graham Grizzlies, it’s time for the Lightning to officially set its site on the school’s first B.C. girls basketball title.Sydney Bradshaw […]

STA's Gemma Cutler (left) is opposed by Britannia's Tiana Sacco during B.C. 2A Final Four clash Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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BC 2A Final Four: With equal parts hearts, and help-side defence, Britannia’s Bruins hold off STA for first finals appearance since 2012

LANGLEY — No deficit seems too dire if you’re East Vancouver’s Britannia Bruins.The No. 2 seeds here at the B.C. senior girls Double A basketball championships may have been secretly sweating the details of the 14-point deficit they were facing just seconds into the second half against the No. 6 St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints […]

Avery King (12) of Kelowna's Dr. Knox Falcons helped he team to a quarterfinal win over the MEI Eagles. (Photo property of FastTrackSportsPhotography 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Junior Girls 2020 Day 2: K-Town vibes stay strong, but Vancouver’s Churchill and Victoria’s SMUS ready to hold their own in Friday Final Four

By Gary Ahuja (Special for Varsity Letters)LANGLEY — An all-Kelowna championship battle is on the horizon, but a Vancouver and Victoria squad have every intention of making sure its them going for gold on Saturday morning instead.Regardless of what happens in either semifinal, one of the four remaining schools will capture their program’s first-ever BC […]

STA's Jessica Clarke battles for the ball with STM's Madison McRae (left) and Bella Gaspar. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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An instant classic! In a battle of Catholic rivals, St. Thomas Aquinas finds a way past St. Thomas More and into AA Final Four Friday!

LANGLEY – There was a time with about a minute remaining in the game Thursday night, that both the St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints and the St. Thomas More Knights were taking turns missing free throw after free throw.