Ice junior girls win consolation crown at Victoria hoops tourney

he Isfeld Ice junior girls basketball team won the consolation side of the prestigious Victoria Top 16 Christmas Basketball Tournament.





After a warm-up victory on Thursday night in Courtenay against a hard-working Vanier junior girls team, the Isfeld Ice junior girls basketball team won the consolation side of the prestigious Victoria Top 16 Christmas Basketball Tournament this past weekend.

The Ice had a tough opening match-up against pre-season ranked No. 4 in the province and defending B.C. junior champs Brookswood.  A tough press woke up the North Island girls but left them down 14 points in the first half.  However, Isfeld battled hard, winning the fourth quarter but losing to favourite Brookswood.  Guards Avery Snider, Michaela Ashlee, Danielle Vanbergen and Melia Irvine proved they can play with a top five in the province team while forwards Chemin Faydd, Jessica Drummond and Camille Bourget battled hard against more experienced players.  “And, our secret weapon, Rachel Dunn, added enthusiasm and energy,” a team spokesperson said.

Next up after only a one game break was northern cousins Ballenas from Parksville.  Employing a secret defence, the Ice stymied the Breakers and came away with a well deserved 20-plus point victory.

Saturday morning the girls started well and decisively defeated Shawnigan Lake private school from down Island. “A good start to shake loose shopping mall legs,” noted the spokesperson.

In the consolation final, Isfeld faced a player shortage as two girls had improv theatre gigs back home in Courtenay while Drummond was in hospital getting her injured ankle checked out. Combined with four  other Ice players who could not make the trip, the bench was awfully short.

Down to six players, the Ice dug deep and surprised Fleetwood Park’s 15 players with a gutsy effort. The Ice jumped out to a 10-point first-quarter lead but the Surrey team battled back to tie the game late in the third quarter and appeared to have the momentum as the full-benched Surrey girls appeared to wear down the tired but not frozen Ice.

“But somewhere, despite mall shopping on the trip, the Isfeld girls gutted it out in the fourth quarter led by three timely Avery Snider baskets, a beautiful tic-tac-toe give-and-go between Danielle and Michaela and a fierce rebound put-back lay-in by Chemin and tenacious defence by Melia Ivrinve,” the team spokesperson said.

“The guests from Surrey had no answers and the Ice claimed the consolation championship and seventh-place finish in this very competitive tournament.  With lots of basketball and learning still to occur, the Ice are looking forward to a successful season,” said the team spokesperson.

– Isfeld Ice basketball





Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox Valley Food Bank set to reopen

The organization closed last week due to concerns around COVID-19

VIDEO: Courtenay residential community offers nightly balcony salute to frontline workers

Residents of The Tides in Courtenay gathered, social distancing intact, to salute… Continue reading

Comox Valley centre offering free online meditation and mindfulness teachings

The Comox Valley has a well-kept secret in the Sherab Chamma Tibetan… Continue reading

COVID-19: Isolation exemptions to frontline workers a danger to patients, say Island Health employees

Staff exempt from self-isolation upon return from international travel according to Island Health

Comox Valley RCMP adapt to new strategies during pandemic

The detachment is finding a balance between protecting public safety and the needs of its members.

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets switches to ‘Only Bouquets’

We are all in need of positive reinforcement; send us your cheerful notes

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: Small businesses need our help

Just as integral in neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Surrey as they are in Prince George or Kelowna

‘Tremendous’ response from blood donors has supply keeping pace with demand

About 400,000 of Canada’s 37 million residents give blood on a regular basis

Morning world update: Cases surge past 600,000; positive news in Germany

Spain suffers its deadliest day as Germany considers April 20 to possibly loosen restrictions

VIDEO: Penguins roam empty halls of Vancouver Aquarium

COVID-19 has forced the Vancouver Aquarium to close access to guests – leaving room for its residents

COVID-19: Qualicum Beach youngster gets car parade for his sixth birthday

Friends get creative after party cancelled due to ongoing pandemic

Most Read