Undefeated run nets Lakers Kelowna tournament

The Pen High Lakers Grade 9 girls basketball team won the Dr.Knox tournament.

MARIA IANNONE of the Pen High Lakers Grade 9 girls basketball team tries to find an open teammate against the Lakers junior team. The Laker 10s won 43-24 on Jan. 19. Iannone and the Lakers were in Kelowna on the weekend winning the Dr. Knox tournament.

The Pen High Lakers Grade 9 girls basketball team captured the Dr. Knox tournament in Kelowna with three victories.

The Lakers whipped host Dr. Knox 68-28 with Jaden Yamamoto scoring 14 points and grabbed eight boards, while Sophie Brydon added 10 points. Yamamoto earned player of the game honours.

Lakers coach Lesley Lacroix said their transition game was excellent.

“We broke quickly down the floor and now are finishing a majority of those good look lay ups,” said Lacroix.

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The Lakers opened with a 56-39 victory over Rockridge from West Vancouver. Yamamoto put up 18 points, while Brydon added 11. Maria Iannone hit from three-point range three times and collected six assists. Brydon earned all-star game honours.

Lacroix said facing a bigger team, they struggled to block out under the boards where Rockridge scored most of their points. However, the offence continues to deliver for the Lakers, who had some good looks form inside. The Lakers defeated Armstrong’s Pleasant Valley 51-19. The Lakers smoothed out the kinks in their offence and had improved defensive rebounding.

The next home game for the Lakers is Feb. 2 at 4:30 p.m. against Summerland.




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