The Sa-Hali Sabres senior girls moved one step closer to regaining the Fulton Cup on Wednesday.
The Sabres opened the six-team senior girls division with a 50-33 victory over the NorKam Saints at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The victory means the Sabres only have to beat the Valleyview Vikings today, 6:30 p.m., at TRU Gym, to move into the tournament final, scheduled for Friday, 5:45 p.m., at the TCC. Sa-Hali has won the senior girls Fulton Cup four of the past six years.
Sa-Hali dominated the tournament, the city’s preseason championship, from 2007-09, only to lose it to the South Kamloops Titans in 2010. After the Sabres rebounded to win the tournament in 2011, the Titans won it back in 2012.
South Kam is considered a favourite to win the tournament again this year, although the Sabres aren’t planning on letting the Titans get it easily.
Jaida Wallat had 12 points to lead the Sabres in Wednesday’s victory, with Haley Cochran adding nine. Katy Thorne scored nine points for the Saints, who also played the Vikings last night (a score wasn’t available at press time).
The Titans knocked off the Westsyde Whundas 66-36 in the other Wednesday senior girls game.
South Kam will play the St. Ann’s Crusaders today, 3:30 p.m., at the TCC, with the Whundas playing St. Ann’s at 8:30 p.m., also at the TCC.
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Two of the day’s best games were in the junior boys division.
The Brocklehurst Broncs needed overtime to take down the Crusaders 53-50. Brock’s Mitch Mathieson, who ended with 14 points, hit two free-throws as regulation ended to force overtime. Devin Halcrow led Brock with 16 points, and Anthony Cave scored 15, including four key points in overtime. St. Ann’s was led by Justin Melnychuk’s 13 points.
As that was going on at the TCC, the Whundas defeated the Saints 47-43 at TRU. Reade Bentz had 14 points for Westsyde, and Anthony Matusiak added 13. Trey Chisholm led NorKam with 17 points.
The other junior boys games weren’t close, with South Kam’s Gold team defeating the Sa-Hali Sabres 76-20 and the Vikings topping the South Kam Silver team 55-9.
The junior boys division is the only one with semifinals — they are scheduled for 5:15 p.m., at the TCC, and 8:15 p.m., at TRU. The championship final is Friday, 4:30 p.m., at the TCC.