Titans win! Titans win!
The South Kamloops Titans senior girls’ basketball team made history in Vancouver on the weekend.
With a 65-61 win over the York House Tigers of Vancouver on Saturday, March 10, the Titans became the first South Kamloops/Kamloops High team to win a B.C. AAA girls’ basketball title since 1964.
South Kam was led by Grade 11 centre Emma Wolfram, who was the talk of the tourney after the big win.
Wolfram made two key blocks in the game’s final minutes to put the finishing touches on the Titans’ victory.
She was the tournament’s MVP and top defensive player.
Wolfram was not the only Titan who played well last week — not by a long shot.
Maya Olynyk, Hailey Hamer-Jackson, Abby Grinberg and Madi Ellis were among the South Kamloops players who brought their best when it counted most.
Grinberg, who finished the final with 27 points and 11 rebounds, nailed a three-point shot with 1:16 remaining to break a 59-59 tie before Ellis and Olynyk padded the lead with free throws.
Hamer-Jackson was instrumental in a 62-51 semifinal win over the Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam on Friday, March 9.
She racked up 22 points and seven rebounds in that contest.
Bethany Del Begio, Ashley Lamoureux, Siena Aberdeen, Caitlin Runge, Elizabeth Anderson and Kierstin Landrie round out the Titans’ roster.
Everyone contributed to the historic victory, South Kam’s head coach Ken Olynyk said after the victory.
Olynyk was aided on the sideline by Jane Wolfram, Sean Lamoureux and South Kam athletic director Corey Yamaoka.
There will be a celebration assembly at South Kamloops on Wednesday, March 14, at about 9:45 a.m.