Titans earn berth at AAA provincials

The South Kamloops Titans senior girls basketball team won its first Okanagan AAA championship on the weekend.

The Titans beat the Kelowna Owls 85-46 in the region final, earning South Kam a trip to the AAA provincials, scheduled for March 9-12 in Vancouver.

It is the first trip to provincials for a senior girls basketball team since South Kamloops Secondary was created in 2003.

South Kam finished first in the regular season, so had earned a bye into the Okanagan semifinal.

There, the Titans beat the Salmon Arm Jewels, 81-41. Emma Wolfram had 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks, and Abby Grinberg scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds. Elsa Langill helped out with 12 points.

Eleven of the 12 Titans scored in the victory over Kelowna, and Wolfram, Maya Olynyk, Bethany Del Begio and Hailey Hamer-Jackson hit double-digits.

Grinberg was named tournament MVP, with Wolfram and Olynyk named all-stars.

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The Valleyview Vikings senior boys basketball team finished out of the medals at Okanagans in Armstrong.
Valleyview, which led all of its games at halftime, finished 1-2.

The Vikings opened with a 75-60 loss to the host Pleasant Valley Saints, despite leading by four at the half. Dainen Patenaude scored 13 points in the loss, with Chris McCarthy and William Konken each scoring nine.

The Vikings beat the Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers 73-42 in a consolation game. Patenaude had 20 points in the victory, with Riley Paxton adding 18.

Valleyview finished its tournament with a 59-45 loss to the Maroons. Paxton had 13 points for the Vikes, who led 26-24 at the half, and Patenaude scored 11.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres Grade 8 boys basketball team won the city championship on Friday.

The Sabres beat the South Kamloops Titans 45-42 in the city final on Friday night. Keenan Wallace made three three-pointers and ended with 12 points, and Haris Djelmo and Jordan Moore each scored 10.

Sa-Hali had beaten the Westsyde Whundas 59-30 in the Thursday semifinal. Kyle Metz had 13 points and Matteo Ippolito scored eight.

The Sabres have qualified for provincials, scheduled for March 10-12 in Pitt Meadows.

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The St. Ann's Crusaders senior boys basketball team finished fourth at the Okanagan A championship in Kelowna on the weekend.

The result means St. Ann's has qualified for provincials, which go March 9-12 in Langley.

St. Ann's opened with a 98-43 victory over the Enderby-A.L. Fortune Falcons on Thursday, before losing 73-59 to the Kelowna Christian Knights, the No. 1 A team in the province, on Friday.

St. Ann's beat the Kelowna-Heritage Christian Saints 97-57 on Saturday, then lost 79-56 to the Kelowna-Immaculata Mustangs in the third-place game.

Immaculata, Kelowna Christian and the Keremeos-Similkameen Sparks also qualified for provincials.

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The Ashcroft Rams came back from a 24-point deficit to beat the Kelowna Christian Knights 68-64 in the Okanagan senior A girls basketball final Saturday.

The Rams will have the Okanagan's No. 1 seed at the provincial A championship in Sparwood from March 9-12.

Mike Baldwin, a coach with the Rams, wrote in an email that the Rams' comeback against the Knights was "the most fantastic comeback that I have witnessed in my entire career as a coach and fan of the game."

Ashcroft trailed 35-11 early, but had cut the lead to 45-38 at the half. The Rams finally took a lead in the fourth quarter, and Ashcroft's Shanna Paulos made two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to give her side a four-point lead.

"I could not pinpoint any one player as a standout in this game," Baldwin wrote. "It was truly one of the greatest team efforts I have ever witnessed."

The Rams had opened the tournament with a 71-55 victory over the Revelstoke Avalanche on Friday, before topping the Kelowna-Immaculata Mustangs 71-58.

The Rams' roster comprises Marlie Rittinger, Paulos, Ginelle Talarico, Miranda Smith, Chrissy Cumming, Megan Bohn, Keena Sandy, Kristie Dost, Chelsey Voght, Jenny Beckett, Hannah Minnabarriet, Christina Hayes, Anne Lim and Catalina Oitzl.

The Huskies and Mustangs also have qualified for provincials. The Lumby-Charles Bloom Timberwolves will play a wild-card game with a team from the Fraser Valley this week.

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