Injured Lakers show well in Snowy Owl Classic

Lakers junior girls basketball team performs well with depleted roster

An injury-riddled Pen High Lakers junior girls basketball team went 1-3 in the Snowy Owl Classic over the weekend.

The tournament featured the top teams in the valley and Lakers coach Dustin Hyde said his team did well playing with eight or fewer players in each game.

The Lakers started Thursday by getting rolled over the Okanagan Mission Huskies 54-19. Olivia Tom was the Lakers player of the game with 10 points, eight rebound and drew three offensive charges.

On Friday,  the Lakers defeated the Salmon Arm Jewels 51-33. Annick Cole drained 15 points and collected six steals. Jollee Perrier scored 14 points and Tom had nine rebounds and eight points. On Saturday the Lakers played twice, the first being a 35 to 29 loss to the Vernon Secondary Panthers. Jean Grakul earned player of the game for her strong full court pressure defensively and single handily created 11 turnovers.

“This is her role on our team and she executed perfectly,” said Hyde.

Anderson chipped in seven points with five steals, Cole seven points with 11 boards and six steals. Tom grabbed 14 boards. In their final game, Kyra Wallace and Anderson each scored 11 points in a 41-35 loss to the South Kamloops Titans. Hyde said his group battled hard. Wallace earned player of the game as she added six steals to her offensive totals.

“Kyra did not play for our team last season but decided to this year,” said Hyde. “She is a welcomed addition to our squad as she is quick, strong and has a great sense for sports.”

Anderson pitched in 11 points and Tom had 10 points with eight boards.

The Lakers had Perrier for two of four games, but were without starters Hannah Clarke, Lyndzie Caron and Celine Francisco.

“It was a great 6th place finish out of 12 teams,” said Hyde. “I look forward to January as we should all be healthy and we are busy busy with tournaments every weekend and league play every week.”