Third quarter a bright spot in T-Birds’ loss to G.P Vanier

After a rough first half, a thirdquarter surge got the Cowichan Secondary Thunderbirds to within three points of the G.P. Vanier Towhees in a senior girls basketball game test on Tuesday. Unfortunately for the T-Birds, they couldn’t close the gap and the Towhees ended up winning 71-45, but the strong third quarter gave the young Cowichan team an indication of what it can accomplish.

"I do not believe the score was indicative of the game, especially in the second half," Cowichan coach Jim Nugent said.

Just after the T-Birds got within single digits, a few setbacks allowed the Towhees to widen the lead again.

"We made a few mistakes and very quickly the gap was back to 16, and we were never able to close the gap," Nugent said.

Ashton Aumen and Rachel Bates played their best games of the year on Tuesday, scoring 17 and eight points respectively.

"There were many positive signs, but still much work to do," Nugent said.

The T-Birds visited the Port Alberni Armada on Thursday.