The Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team are now 1-1 in AAA Okanagan league play.
The Lakers lost to Taya Hanson and the No. 4 ranked Kelowna Owls 78-37. Hanson piled up 38 points alone while sitting most of the third quarter. Lakers co-coach Lesley Lacroix described Hanson as a “player the likes of which none of us have seen in the Okanagan.”
“She is off for a national team try out next week,” said Lacroix. “She was beautiful to watch, although we suffered a big loss.”
Anika Holowaty led the Lakers with 12 points. Lacroix said the Lakers did a far better job on defence, denying cuts through the key.
“KSS also has two huge posts, but they weren’t that effective against us as we blocked out fairly well,” she said. “It will be difficult to compete against them with Taya on their roster. She is a championship winner.”
Over the weekend the Lakers were in Kamloops for the NorKam Saints tournament and lost all three of their games. It was a tough tournament to compete in with three players at volleyball provincials. The Lakers opened with a 55-23 loss to Okanagan Mission Huskies. Mattie Philips and Emma Schneider each scored seven points, while Jollee Perrier was player of the game with eight boards and six steals.
Hanna Clarke led the Lakers with eight points in a 61-41 loss to the Mt. Boucherie Bears. Holowaty earned player of the game with 12 boards and six points. In a 52-49 loss to Williams Lake, Hannah Clarke scored 12 points, Schneider, 11 and Holowaty, 10.
The Lakers travel to Abbotsford for a game then head to Victoria this weekend for their Christmas tournament.