The Isfeld Ice went 2-2 to finish 13th at the 16-team Telus Junior Girls Provincial Basketball Invitational Tournament, March 2-5 at the Langley Events Centre.
Seeded #13, Isfeld’s first game Wednesday against #4 seeded Argyle Pipers was close throughout, except that the Ice were outscored 20-9 in the third quarter. Final score was 46-32 with Alyssa Erikson (12 points) getting Player of the Game).
Argyle went on the win the tourney, defeating Walnut Grove 71-65 in the final.
“Our second game was against #12 Royal Bay Royals, who beat us by three points in the Island championship final two weekends ago,” said assistant coach Sherri Bohmer.
“There was a tug of war for the lead throughout the game, tied at every quarter end. The final score was a heartbreaking loss 32-30. Player of the Game was Grace Patterson-Grunberg.”
The Ice’s third game against #16 Smithers Gryphons on Friday started out close, but the Ice led the whole game to their first win of the tournament 34-20. All team members contributed points in this game and the Player of the Game was Dianna Townsend.
“On Saturday our final game was against #15 Nechako Valley Viqueens. The Viqueens had speed and emotion, keeping the score close in the first quarter and leading by four points at the half,” Bohmer said.
“The third quarter showed both teams put up 14 points on the board, but the Ice pulled ahead in the fouth quarter when the Viqueens went into bonus with more than five minutes remaining in the quarter. The Viqueens put up a fight in the last two minutes, sinking some important shots to make the game a very exciting win for the Ice, 45-44. Player of the Game was Erin Buttnor,” Bohmer said.
“Our attendance at this tournament was made possible by donations from our community, we owe a huge thank you to Advanced Property Management, Brian Maclean Chevrolet, Courtenay Pharmacy and many more, including all those who donated to us at Superstore last Saturday,” Bohmer said.