Royals finish sixth at provincials

Team wins two, loses two, moves up one spot in provincial rankings.

The BVCS Royals senior girls basketball team returned from single-A provincials in Lumby, with a two wins and a sixth place finish in the province.

The tournament was the girls’ last of the season.

“It was a very successful season,” head coach Ron Van Driel said. “We were very happy with how the season went.” At provincials, the Royals won their first game of the tournament 45-29 on Wednesday afternoon over Credo Christian from Langley, setting up a quarter-finals matchup against the province’s second ranked team, Kelowna Christian.

The girls struggled in the opening half, spotting Kelowna a big lead, but they recovered in the second before eventually falling 61-38. Game three against sixth ranked Unity Christian, from Chilliwack was, by far the strangest one of the entire tournament.

The Royals came out flat, spotting Unity at 26-0 lead after the first quarter. But in the second the tide began to change.

BVCS returned the favour and held Unity scoreless in the second, cutting the lead in half 26-13. Then in the second half they completed the comeback, and went on to win 42-38.

In their final game of the tournament they lost to fourth ranked West Vancouver by only nine points, 65-56, despite being down 18 points in the third quarter. T

hey finished the tournament ranked sixth overall, up one spot from their ranking heading in.

Christiana Reitsma was voted to the second all-star team.

Of note: the BVCS boys finished 12th at their tournament in Langley. For the full story, check back next week.