The South Kamloops Titans rolled through Coquitlam’s Top 10 Shootout senior girls basketball tournament, and squeaked past the Langley-Brookswood Bobcats 59-54 in Saturday’s final.
The Titans, who were ranked fourth in the province heading into the tournament, ended up beating the top two teams in consecutive games — it beat the No. 1 Victoria-Oak Bay Breakers 64-63 in overtime on Friday, and Brookswood was ranked No. 2.
Tournament MVP Emma Wolfram had 23 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks in the final, while all-star Maya Olynyk had 12 points and six assists. Anna Frenkel, a second-team all-star, added 13 points.
In their semifinal victory over Oak Bay, the Titans got 14 points and 14 rebounds from Wolfram and 19 points from Olynyk. Emma Piggin had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Frenkel had 10 points.
The Titans opened with a 74-34 victory over the Port Coquitlam-Terry Fox Ravens. Wolfram had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, Olynyk had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Emily Vilac had 15 points and eight rebounds and Kanesha Reeves scored nine points.
South Kam went on to beat the Maple Ridge Ramblers 71-42, with Wolfram getting eight points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks and Olynyk scoring 17 points and grabbing six steals. Vilac also had 11 points, and Frenkel and Piggin also scored 10 apiece.
The Titans are at home to the Kelowna-Rutland Voodoos on Friday and the Penticton Lakers on Saturday.
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The Sa-Hali Sabres finished second at their home Sabre/Saint Classic senior girls basketball tournament.
The Sabres opened with a 62-31 victory over the Pitt Meadows Marauders, and went on to defeat the Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers 54-47. Sa-Hali knocked off the Prince George-Duchess Park Condors 56-48 in a semifinal, but fell 57-40 to the Prince George Polars in the final.
Prince George’s Mervia Nijjer was tournament MVP, and Emily Aase was its all-star. Shenise Sigsworth was Sa-Hali’s all-star.
The NorKam Saints, who finished 12th, were led by all-star Rachel Canten. NorKam lost all of its games — 70-48 to the Vernon-Clarence Fulton Maroons, 72-38 to the Prince George-College Heights Cougars, and 59-45 to the Marauders.
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The South Kamloops Titans senior boys basketball team went 0-3 at the Pitt Meadows Air Show Invitational tournament.
Missing injured starters Jacob Adams and Elijah Hillis-Gold and with only six healthy runners, South Kam opened with a 71-51 loss to the Coquitlam-Gleneagle Talons. Player of the game Reid Sellars had 17 points.
The Titans went on to fall 75-50 to the Vancouver-Sir Charles Tupper Tigers. Drew Eliason had 10 points and was player of the game, Sellars scored 14 points and Cooper Butchard scored nine.
South Kam ended the tournament with a 67-50 loss to the West Kelowna-Mount Boucherie Bears. Eliason was player of the game again, scoring 18 points.
Titans tournament MVP Sellars also had 21 points in that last game.
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Jessica Hewitt of Kamloops finished third among women at the Canadian open short track speed skating championships, which were held on the weekend in Calgary.
Hewitt ended with 2,252 points. She raced to a third-place finish in the 1,000 metres. Her time (one minute 29.908 seconds) was an eyelash behind Marianne St. Gelais of St. Felicien, Que., who crossed in 1:29.592.
Marie-Eve Drolet of Laterriere, Que., who won the overall points title, was second in the 1,000m in 1:29.816.
Hewitt also was second in Sunday’s 3,000m, with Drolet in first. St. Gelais, who was second in overall points, took fifth in the 3,000m.
The weekend championships will serve as a partial qualifier for national teams for the world championships in Hungary from March 8-10, and World Cup stops in Russia on Feb. 1-3 and in Germany from Feb. 8-10. The Canadian team will be announced on Wednednesday.