Lakers, Mustangs lose opening games at girls basketball provincials

The Pen High Lakers girls were disappointed in their opening game of the 2014 B.C. Secondary School AAA basketball championships in Langley.

On Wednesday, the Lakers lost to the Fleetwood Park Dragons 56-54. Coach Lesley Lacroix said the teams battled with the Dragons in a close match. With 45 seconds remaining, Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu stripped the Dragons all-star point guard of the ball and scored a basket to tie the game. The Dragons countered immediately for what proved to be the winning score a the Lakers failed to convert on a set play. Hayden Craig led the Lakers with 17 points along with four rebounds. Ana Moroziuk received player of the game honors with 13 points and five steals.

With the loss, the Lakers could only finish as high as ninth and set that as their goal. On Thursday, the Lakers faced the Mt. Baker Wild, who handled 77-27. Lannon-Paakspuu, named player of the game, had eight steals to go with three assists and nine points. Haylee Robertson drained 16 points while grabbing eight boards. Craig and Natasha Reimer found double digits with 11 points apiece while Annie Plant netted eight points and six boards.

Today, the Lakers face the Claremont Spartans, the top ranked team from Vancouver Island at 1 p.m. The winner advances to play for ninth on Saturday, while the loser will play for 11th.

Princess Margaret Mustangs

The Mustangs senior girls opened 2014 B.C. Secondary School AA basketball championships Wednesday losing to Wellington 53-45. That loss pitted them against Britannia on Thursday, who they lost to 64-59. Today the Mustangs play the J.L. Crowe Hawks at 6:15 p.m., the winner advancing to play for 13th place, while the loser will play for 15th place.

Check Wednesday's issue of the Penticton Western News for final coverage.


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