Kendra McDonald, Fiona Brisco and the South Kamloops Titans did not surrender without a fight, but the Valleyview Vikqueens were too much for the defending provincial champions on Friday at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Jaydyn Overwater, McKenna Reeves and Indigo Learie paced the Vikes to a 47-40 victory over the Titans in the senior girls Fulton Cup final, a clash of AAA squads that decided the Kamloops and area city basketball championship tournament.
“It was a team effort,” said Overwater, who finished with a team-high 15 points, a few of them of the highlight-reel variety. "We all played together and that won us the game.”
The Titans fought back from an early deficit to tie the game at 16-16 in the second quarter, but the Viqueens quelled the comeback with a 13-point run that led into halftime.
“I actually think we did really good, especially defensively” McDonald said. “We’re a pretty new team. We haven’t played with each other much.
“We had a lot of opportunities on offence. We just couldn’t finish.”
Brisco and McDonald recorded 17 points apiece.
Valleyview never looked back in the second half, answering South Kamloops' pushes with timely baskets and defensive stands.
“We thought we should probably start blocking them,” Overwater said. “We listened to coach and that got us going.”
Scott Reeves is the Vikings’ head coach.
“They’re a good team,” said McKenna Reeves, who netted 10 points. “They’re the defending provincial champs. We were in for it, but we really wanted it, worked together and got the dub.”
Learie, who scored 12 points in the final, was named MVP of the senior girls’ tournament.
The Sa-Hali Sabres cruised to a 64-27 win over the Valleyview Viqueens in the junior girls’ final.
Kalie Saari of Sa-Hali was named MVP of the junior girls’ tourney.