Brentwood jr. girls playing at B.C. hoops championship

Brentwood College School’s junior girls basketball team is competing for a provincial title this week. (Submitted)

Brentwood College School’s junior girls basketball team is making history this week.

“It’s the first time our junior girls team has ever gone to provincials,” head coach Jillian Napier explained. “The girls are quite excited about that.”

The players have known for some time that they would be attending, after winning a provincial qualifying tournament at Dover Bay by beating Pacific Christian, Claremont and Alberni District well ahead of the Island championship.

Of the 24 teams at provincials, 20 qualify through their zone championships, like the Islands, and the other four get in through provincial qualifying tournaments, or PQTs. Two of the four Island teams at provincials — Brentwood and St. Michaels — qualified through PQTs, while the other two — Belmont and Claremont — qualified through the Island championships.

Brentwood hosted the Island championships in mid-February, preparing for provincials by going 1-2 in a series of challenging games against Belmont, Pacific Christian and Nanaimo District.

Seeded 18th at provincials, Brentwood will open on Wednesday against No. 15 College Heights, with the winner facing No. 2 Kelowna.

“It will be a challenging game, as most games are at provincials,” Napier said. “We expect the girls to play their best basketball and enjoy the experience as much as possible.”

This year’s team is relatively young, with three of the starting five in Grade 9, although most of them have played lots of basketball both at Brentwood and outside the school.

Because the junior provincials don’t separate schools based on their size, Brentwood will be up against teams that draw from much larger populations, and Napier is keeping her team conscious of that.

“It’s all about the experience at the junior level,” she said. “You’re playing against AAAA and AA schools, so it’s not as easy as it is at the senior level.”

basketball

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

Just Posted

Minister and Halalt First Nation chief consult on effects of recent flooding

Community heavily impacted with many damaged and uninhabitable homes

Drivesmart column: Regulatory vs advisory road signs

The regulatory sign must be obeyed exactly as it is read.

Alistair MacGregor column: Responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic

This crisis has shown us just how many Canadians struggle every day to pay the bills

Second vehicle from Crofton Geo-Tech theft recovered

Supervisor at Crofton operation finds it parked at Chemainus campground

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

Most Read