A streak that dated back to March of 2017 was snapped on Wednesday, when Argyle ended the South Kamloops Titans’ quest for a third consecutive provincial championship.
No. 4 Argyle bested No. 5 South Kam 65-57 in quarter-final action at the B.C. Secondary School Girls AAA Basketball Championship at Langley Events Centre.
Prior to Thursday, South Kam, which won AA titles in 2018 and 2019, was last beaten at provincials in the bronze-medal tilt at the 2017 tournament, an 85-70 loss to Langley Christian.
“They gave it everything they had,” Titans’ head coach Rachael Lee said on Thursday. “Our shots just weren’t dropping in the first half and we had to play catch up.”
Argyle led by about 20 points in the third quarter, but the Titans fought back in the fourth stanza, getting to within six points before the comeback stalled.
Graduating seniors Fiona Brisco and Kendra McDonald led the way for South Kamloops, with 23 points apiece.
The Titans will play either No. 9 Duchess Park of Prince George or No. 1 Abbotsford on Friday in a consolation-round matchup.
South Kam bumped No. 12 Ballenas in Round 1 on Wednesday, led by McDonald, who racked up 18 points, 20 rebounds and eight steals.
“Kendra was a rock star,” Lee said. “She always is.”
Jaydyn Overwater notched a game-high 19 points for the Valleyview Vikes in a 66-45 triumph over Pitt Meadows in Round 1 action on Wednesday.
Varsityletters.ca scribe Howard Tsumura noted the victory was very possibly the school’s first senior varsity girls’ win at a B.C. championship tournament.
“They have travelled a lot, spent so much time in hotel rooms, trained for different scouting reports… and through it all, they all bought in like a family,” Valleyview head coach Scott Reeves told varsityletters.ca.
“So, for them to pull off a win in the provincial tournament is a special thing. I told them opportunities come along in life, and if you don’t take them, you may never see them again. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.”
No. 7 Valleyview is scheduled to play No. 2 Okanagan Mission of Kelowna in a quarter-final tilt on Thursday afternoon.