Lake City Basketball under-17 girls capped off its spring season with a 55-32 win over the West Kelowna Basketall Club June 7.
“We lost a close game to West Kelowna a few weeks ago, so it was nice to end on such a positive note against them,” said Lake City coach Chris Terris.
Kali Loewen led Lake City with 13 points and added eight boards. Emma Schneider and Jennifer Hayman each scored eight points. Hayman led with 10 rebounds, while Jill Henrichsen led the team with five rebounds. Natalie Parkin led with three steals.
“We lost a few girls to injury and other commitments early in the season, which changed a few key roles,” said Terris. “Cassie Hannon and Emma Terris became primary ball handlers for us, and Jennifer Hayman, Kali Loewen and Natalie Parkin had to step up in secondary ball handling roles. The improvement over the last three weeks or so has been remarkable.”
Lake City was in Burnaby June 3 to 5 for the Simon Fraser University Club tournament and won three of four games. The opened against Lynn Falley from North Vancouver and lost 38-34, then rebounded to defeat Burnaby’s Triple Threat 38-20.
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“Triple Threat beat us by 18 at UBC-O (May 19 to 22). We played terrifically at the defensive end holding them to seven points in the first half. This win was indicative of the strides the team made over a few week period.”
Lake City then defeated Abbotsford’s New Heights 57-31 and wrapped up the tournament with a 38-23 win over Chilliwack. Terris said New Heights didn’t possess a lot of size, so they were able to dominate in the paint. Henrichsen (14 points) and Schneider (10 points) got a lot of great looks inside.
“All the girls had big moments at key times,” said Terris.
The Lake City coach praised Hayman and Loewen for being active at both ends, while Hannon really made some leaps in creating for her teammates. Emma Terris led in three-point shooting, while Harleen Bansoota chipped in with some timely hoops. Henrichsen and Schneider gave teams fits in the paint and Natalie Parkin’s intensity defensively was contagious.
Jump shots: Lake City is hosting two summer camps. Their camp July 10 to 13 that will be held at KVR Middle School is full. They will hold another camp Aug. 28 to 31 at KVR Middle School. Players interested in signing up for that camp are to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information to reserve their spot: full name, contact number, age/grade and T-shirt size.