LANGLEY — Surrey’s Fraser Heights Firehawks started life at the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships as enough of a long shot that they had win a game early Wednesday’s on the opening day of competition just to become a part of the event’s main field of 16 teams.
Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators, like their senior varsity sisters, were a secret to no one, opening as the No. 1 seed in the 24-team field as fans began to filter through the turnstiles.
This afternoon, (Saturday, 1 p.m.) on Centre Court at the Langley Events Centre, the unlikely pair will clash for the 2018 B.C. title.
Preceding its senior AAA team, which faces Kelowna for the showcase B.C. title Saturday at 5 p.m., Walnut Grove earned its own title-tilt ticket in decisive fashion Friday.
Fania Taylor and Holly Harrison each scored 13 points, Anneke Cairnie added 11 and the Gators held Cranbrook’s Mt. Baker Wild to just 10 points over the final three quarters in a 51-19 win in one of Friday’s two semifinal clashes.
Meanwhile, an 18-0 third quarter run blew open a tight 35-29 game and led the Firehawks to a 68-44 win over Abbotsford’s Yale Lions.
The Fraser Valley’s No. 6 seed, Fraser Heights was led by the 25 points of Neelam Rai, 20 more from Karishma Rai, and 15 from C.J. Dacanay.
Yale, the Valley’s No. 3 seed, got 16 points from Marissa Rodde and 10 from Anoop Sidhu.
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