Express girls picking up steam

The KVR Express train chugged its way to victory during its Winter Classic girls basketball tournament.

Emanuel Sequeira/Western News AFTER GAINING possession of the ball

Emanuel Sequeira/Western News AFTER GAINING possession of the ball

The KVR Express train chugged its way to victory during its Winter Classic girls basketball tournament.

The Grade 8 team could not be stopped as they defeated the Clarence Fulton Secondary Maroons (Vernon) 37-19, Sahali Secondary Sabres (Kamloops) 51-14 and McNicoll Park Dragons 41-27 on the weekend.

Taking on the Dragons, Express coach Rene Aubin said that both teams play a similar style — fast paced offence and aggressive defence.

“Everyone was expecting an entertaining game,” said Aubin.

The aggressive style mentioned is how both teams opened the game. Hannah Clarke, the Express point guard and leading scorer for the weekend, and key players Annick Cole and Lyndzie Caron, got into early foul trouble. That trio did not play much in the first half. Aubin credited the depth of their squad for keeping them in the game. The Express held a five-point lead at the half.

Relentless pressure paid off for the Express in the next half to wear down the Dragons. Having an extra jump helped the Express outscore the Dragons 22-13 to seal the win.

“Overall we are being successful because of our desire to win,” said Aubin. “We have some details to work out to maximize our potential as a team. If we can figure those out, we will truly be a force.”

The Express coach added that going in, they wanted to improve their communication on defence and on offensive reads. They also wanted tighter transitions. Another goal was to get a look at the Dragons and where the Express are in relation to them.

“Their coach Nick Korvin has been working with the girls for the last two years and they are pretty athletic,” said Aubin. “We figured them to be one of our main competitors in the South Zone.

“I was really impressed with the way the team stepped up in the second quarter to compensate for the players that were out due to foul trouble,” added Aubin. “It showed me that the players are understanding our team motto: Together as one, we are stronger.”

Cali Anderson, Olivia Tom, Brenna Sunderman, Kyra Wallace, and Heidi Robertson were recognized with tournament outstanding player awards. Clarke was the team’s most consistent scorer averaging 14 points per game. Kiera Moroziuk was a feisty defender causing many turnovers and Sunderman proved her versatility playing in different roles.

While the Express went 4-0, the Dragons were 3-1, Keremeos was 2-2, Sahali 1-3 and Fulton 0-4.

The Express are in Princeton for a tournament that concludes today before taking a break until the new year.

“The Classic tournament and the Princeton tournament will add to our game experience,” said Aubin. “The girls have played very little organized basketball before this year. Giving them a lot of opportunity to experience real game situations is critical as we go on in the season pursuing our team goals.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

For the second time in five years, John Pankiw has donated $100,000 to Penticton Regional Hospital.  (Submitted - Stuart Bish Photography)
Penticton Regional Hospital donation honours front-line workers

John Pankiw donated $100,000 for the second time in five years

Penticton fire crews quickly put out a small blaze at a home on Duncan Ave. E Monday night. (Mike Biden photo)
House fire in Penticton Monday night

The small fire on Duncan Ave. E was quickly put out, cause is unknown at this time

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Osoyoos’ first microbrewery celebrates grand opening

The brewery hopes to show that the Okanagan is more than just wine country

Once complete, the Ambrosia in Keremeos will house more than 100 seniors, families and those on disability. (LSCSS photo)
Keremeos affordable housing suites coming along

Once complete, Ambrosia will house more than 100 people

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

A proposed development would see two four-storey apartment buildings erected on Adair Street in Armstrong, next to the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Council voted 6-1 Monday, Jan. 25, in favour of rezoning the property. (Google Maps)
Okanagan city paves way for potential affordable housing project

Armstrong council votes 6-1 to rezone an Adair Street city-owned property despite opposition

The shirts sell for $45, with 30 per cent of proceeds from each sale going to Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver. (Madame Premier/Sarah Elder-Chamanara)
Canadian company launches ‘hysterical’ T-Shirt to combat health officials’ use of word

A partnership with Tamara Taggart will see women broadcast the word on a T-shirt or tote bag

ICBC has seen savings on crash and injury claims in the COVID-19 pandemic, with traffic on B.C. roads reduced. (Penticton Western News)
ICBC opens online calculator for rate savings starting in May

Bypassing courts expected to save 20% on average

Salmon Arm RCMP search a property in the 700 block of Grandview Bench Road in March 2019, assisting Edmonton police with an investigation that led to the arrest of a Salmon Arm man man who was charged in relation to an Edmonton bank robbery and a related explosions. (File photo)
Salmon Arm man accused in Edmonton bank explosions in court for weapon offences

Local provincial court appearances for charges including possessing weapon for dangerous purpose

Salmon Arm’s Halle Krawczyk gives a thumbs up following surgery on Jan. 22 in Pittsburgh, her second of three battling an extremely rare form of cancer that formed tumours on her two upper vertebrae and the clivus behind the nose. (Contributed)
‘Absolutely perfect:’ Salmon Arm girl’s surgeries for rare cancer exceed expectations

Halle Krawczyk doing well, mom credits hundreds of people praying for making the difference

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
16% boom predicted for B.C. real estate sales in 2021: experts

Along with sales, the average price of homes is also predicted to rise, by nearly 8 percent

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

Karen Hudema, 71, admitted she felt left out due to her hearing loss, but now, after being awarded free hearing devices through the National Campain for Better Hearing Program from HearingLife Canada, she says her self-esteem has been restored. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
‘I have my self-esteem back’: Vernon senior awarded hearing aids

Free testing leads to life-changing improvement for local lady

Most Read