A second-place finish at the Island championships earned the Isfeld Ice their school’s first-ever trip to the B.C. senior girls basketball championships.
The Ice hosted the Islands Feb. 20-22 and beat Brentwood 71-23 in their first game. They then faced Pacific Christian. The first two quarters were close and Isfeld led by two at the half. In the third quarter, Isfeld exploded their offence when Pacific Christian switched from playing zone to man-to-man defence. Sharp passing by Avery Snider and Michaela Ashlee, on-fire shooting by Danielle Vanbergen, along with great rebounding and defence by Leah Cicon and Malia Irvine, plus solid play from the rest of the team resulted in a 75-52 victory, guaranteeing the team a berth to the Provincials in Langley.
In the finals the girls played a hard-fought battle against Wellington. It was a tight game from start to finish with Isfeld leading until midway through the third quarter when the team got into some foul trouble and also were having trouble getting the ball into the net.
Wellington capitalized on these opportunities and took a slight lead. Isfeld continued to play hard and were only down by one with four minutes left. Unfortunately two key players fouled out and Wellington ended up winning by six.
As disappointing as the loss was, the coaches are extremely proud of the girls for the solid team work and skilled play shown throughout the weekend and for being the first senior girls basketball team from Isfeld to qualify for the Provincials. Also, the coaches thank the fans for their awesome cheering throughout the tourney.
– Isfeld Ice