Like nearly every team involved, Shawnigan Lake School was missing key players for their own senior girls basketball tournament last weekend, but they still managed to end the tournament on a winning note last Saturday.
After earlier losses to Cedar and Mt. Douglas, Shawnigan ended the round-robin tourney with a 42-26 win over a Brentwood team that was similarly shorthanded.
"Shawnigan was playing without two key forwards all weekend, and without Casey Crowley for our Saturday morning game," head coach Darrin Austin noted. "Consequently, we struggled with rebounding and scoring."
Shawnigan’s balanced attack had three players tied for the lead against Brentwood with eight points: Crowley, Taylor Hamm and Michelle Miles. Petra Jackson
replied with 16 for Brentwood.
Crowley also led Shawnigan with nine points in a 47-33 by Mount Doug, while Amber Ridgeman set the pace with seven in a 73-32 defeat by Cedar, the only team not hit by the injury bug.
Jackson was Brentwood’s top offensive leader in all three games, scoring 16 in a 70-44 loss to Cedar and 18 in a 59-36 loss to Mount Doug in addition to her game against Brentwood.
Shawnigan and Brentwood will meet again this Thursday for their final league game before the South Island Tournament in Victoria.
"We plan to advance to the Islands this year as the third or fourth seed from the South," Austin said. "There are three tough teams in Victoria – Lambrick, Pacific Christian and Parkland – so it will be tough to make it to the tournament final."