The South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team showed its depth this week.
The Titans cruised to the Fulton Cup preseason city championship title with a 76-18 victory over the NorKam Saints on Friday at the Tournament Capital Centre.
The Titans, the province's No. 1 ranked AAA team, never had a scare in their three games, winning by a combined score of 258-59. They did it without star centre Emma Wolfram, who is scheduled to return today from a national junior team camp.
"We have a balanced team and a lot of kids who can shoot the ball and attack the hoop," said Titans co-coach Sean Lamoureux, who coaches with Ken Olynyk, Cory Yamaoka and Jane Wolfram. "You notice Emma and Maya (Olynyk) are always near the top (in scoring) . . . but what people don't realize is that we really distribute the ball to everyone."
With or without Emma Wolfram, South Kam is a team that likes to move the ball around. The Titans, despite only having two Grade 12 players - Wolfram and Maya Olynyk - are a well-oiled unit.
When they pass the ball, there is always someone there to receive it. The speed and agility with which they move is a sight to behold, and their opponents never win a ball easily.
"As a team, we work on getting better, and I think we accomplished that in this tournament," said Olynyk, the tournament MVP. "It's about getting to the next level."
Olynyk had 21 points to lead the Titans in the final, with tournament all-star Anna Frenkel scoring 16, Mieke DuMont adding 13 and Emma Piggin 11.
NorKam, which played without guard Reiko Ohama, who sat out with an injured foot, just couldn't get anything going against South Kam. NorKam's leading scorer was Jasmine Bigham, who had six points.
For South Kam, a lot of its success comes out of familiarity - most of the Grade 11 athletes have been playing alongside one another for their entire basketball careers.
"They're confident players," Lamoureux said. "They invest a lot of time in the gym. . . . When you've played with the same people for a long time, you understand what they're going to do."
This is the Titans' third straight tournament title to open the season, after winning events in Abbotsford and Edmonton. The Fulton Cup was by far the easiest, but it was still fun.
"Lindsey (Karpluk) and the committee, they do a fantastic job," Lamoureux said. "Fulton and Co., giving money to the players - this tournament is about the community."
The Titans rolled to the junior crown with a 50-13 victory over the Sa-Hali Sabres on Friday.
All-star Rachel Peters scored 27 points for the Titans. Brenna Worsfold, also an all-star, had eight for Sa-Hali.
Danya Lincoln of South Kam also was an all-star.
For complete results, all-stars and bursaries, please see Scoreboard.
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