Seaquam's Amar Thiara (11) battles with Abbotsford's Chelsey Dulku during TBI 11th-12th place game Saturday at the LEC. Looking on is Seaquam's Nyssa Sunner. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2021: Langley Christian, South Delta round out our Top four… here’s how our finishes third through 12 were determined Saturday at the LEC!

LANGLEY — Here’s how teams placing third through 12th fared on their final day of competition Saturday at the 2021 girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational.



LANGLEY — Lightning head coach Danielle Gardner was thrilled with her team’s bronze-medal ways.

“I feel fantastic, I mean not having played for a couple of years, it was wonderful to be here again because we love being here and playing such great teams. And it’s been a great three days for us. I am proud of them for battling and third place is fantastic.”

So, too, was LCS point guard Sydney Bradshaw, the Trinity Western recruit who was playing on her home-court-to-be and shining in the process.

Pictured during her team’s Friday morning quarterfinal win over SMUS of Victoria is Langley Christian head coach Dani Gardner. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

“She just really stepped it up,” said Gardner of Bradshaw who scored 24 of her game-high 31 points in the first half. “We had a couple of players in foul trouble in the first half so she just really took the team under her wing and carried us through. She looked to attack today and I was really proud of that.”

UBC-bound Taelor Coxford added 14 points, and SFU-bound Lainey Shelvey added 12. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Clara Fenske who scored 10 points.

South Delta got 20 points from senior point guard Alexa Kusel, while Grade 10 guard Kaija Rutledge added 11.



LANGLEY — Vancouver’s Quad-A No. 4-ranked Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs got 14 points apiece from Marah Dykstra and Amber Hemrich and 12 more from Stefanie Hart to secure a 51-42 win over St. Michaels University School.

Sir Winston Churchill’s Marah Dykstra (9) extends to defend the shot attempt of SMUS Blues Jags’ Sophie Olcen during TBI 5th-6th place game Saturday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

Leading 39-33 after three quarters, the Bulldogs used a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter, building a 51-37 enroute to the win, finishing its TBI run with but a single blemish, that a narrow quarterfinal loss to No. 1-ranked Terry Fox on Friday.

Makenna Anderson led AA No. 2-ranked SMUS with 17 points.



LANGLEY — It may have been the tightest game of the entire week, and one in which both teams put on a huge display of shot-making prowess.

In fact the largest lead of the game was just seven points, late in the fourth quarter, when the Bobcats built a 19-12 advantage.

With Brookswood’s Cassidy Buchanan (left) and Sahyna Gill bookending her drive, MEI’s Bree Neufeld soars to the hoops Saturday at the LEC in TBI 2021’s 7th-8th place game. Brookswood won 83-78. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

Brookswood ultimately won the game by going a combined 15-of-17 from the free throw line, and those numbers were magnified by the ‘Cats senior 6-foot-1 post Sahnya Gill, who scored 10 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, including going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Jamie Rettig led Brookswood with a game high 30 points, while teammate Cassidy Buchanan added 23.

MEI forward Jazmin Avila scored 29 points in the loss, while Marijke Meindertsma and Bree Neufeld scored 12 each.

Erin Kim added 11 for the Eagles, who were playing their second straight game without leading scorer Makenna Reimer (shin splints).

Also: Abbotsford’s Yale Lions defeated Heritage Woods of Port Moody 81-69 in the ninth-10th place game, while Abbotsford beat Seaquam 90-58 in the 11th-12th game.

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