Mustangs keep growing

JAS SAHOTA of the Princess Margaret Mustangs gets between Nick Stanhope and Jamie Prucki of the Kalamalka Lakers Friday in the 14th annual Maroon Corporate Classic in Vernon.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Black Press
JAS SAHOTA of the Princess Margaret Mustangs gets between Nick Stanhope and Jamie Prucki of the Kalamalka Lakers Friday in the 14th annual Maroon Corporate Classic in Vernon.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Black Press

The Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls basketball squad galloped back from Kamloops with two wins.

They wrapped up the Sa-Hali tournament over the weekend by defeating Prince George 63-40. Megan Admussen-Blair led the Mustangs with 17 points, and Callan Cooper added 13 points. Taylor Corrie chipped in with eight points, while Kenzi Haberstock and Danielle Ruocco each added seven points. Corrie received an all-star award for her solid play in the three games.

The Mustangs, who received the sixth honourable mention in the AA rankings, opened with a 68-46 loss to Prince George’s Duchess Park, ranked third in B.C., the eventual tournament champs. Mustangs coach Dave Killick said his team played well and stayed within eight points with five minutes remaining. Corrie led with 11 points, while Cooper scored 10 and Admussen-Blair finished with 10. Killick expressed disappointment with the draw setup, but added facing Duchess Park, the Mustangs proved they can play with any team in B.C.

Their second win was against Vernon’s Fulton Lady Maroons, 81-36. Cooper, Admussen-Blair and Ruocco each drained 14 points.

“Our team defense continues to improve, and our execution on offence is getting better,” said Killick, who received strong defensive performances from Maddie Winter, Haberstock and Haley Lehr. “Individually our players continue to develop.”

The Mustang’s next action will be when they host their home tournament on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Senior boys

Facing strong competition, the Mustangs won two of four games in Vernon. Defence was a problem, said coach Raj Dhillon.

“Excellent job of guarding the ball, but we got lazy off the ball,” he said.

Facing teams from the valley, Dhillon liked the calibre as it gave the Mustangs an opportunity to see how they stack up against their competition. One of the things the Mustangs improved since their last tournament two weeks ago was their ball movement.

“We are being patient and looking for the best shot, not the first shot,” said Dillon.

Sanam Klar averaged 14 points per game with five assists, while Jas Sahota rang up 12 points a game with seven assists. Ravan Klar averaged eight points while adding three assists and Colton Van Camp had 10 points with four assists.


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