For some teams, playoff dreams start now

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Bitter end for jrs.

Sardis secondary's junior girls basketball team ended its season with a pair of disappointing losses after surprising an undefeated W.J. Mouat squad in overtime last Wednesday. The Falcons found themselves down 34-22 in the third quarter to the provincially-ranked Hawks but managed to claw back and send the game into overtime on a 24-12 run.

A layup by Talia Ferris then won the game 46-44 in overtime.

Demi Weijdeman led that Sardis offence with 13 points, including three three-pointers. Nicole Reid chipped in 11 and Talia Ferris finished with 10. Ryann Cornell grabbed double-digit rebounds, working hard in the low post.

The win earned the Falcons a spot in the league championship game Friday against Yale, which they dropped 48-35.

They lost again 51-41 to Elgin Park in the first round of the Fraser Valley Championships Monday.

"It was a disappointing way to end it," coach Gina Graves said, "but we are still extremely proud of the team, especially for our overtime win over Mouat last week."

Emotional win Unity

Christian staff, students, parents and alumni celebrated an emotional win Friday night, when their Grade 9 boys basketball team captured its first Fraser Valley East Championship in almost a decade.

The Flames defeated A.D. Rundle 42-38, with Grade 8 Dylan Both scoring four points in the final minute to put the game away.

When Unity last won the championship in 2005, Scott Elzinga was the young star who clinched the pennant in a similarly dramatic fashion.

Elzinga was killed in a tragic farming accident just one year after graduating from Unity, and the fact that Both and Elzinga wore the same number while leading their respective teams to victory struck an emotional chord Friday.

"So many alumni and parents of alumni were out watching the game, and all recalled Scott doing the same thing to win the banner when he was in Grade 9," coach Mike Campbell said. "It was a cool moment to remember Scott."

Into semifinals

The G.W. Graham senior girls basketball team beat Surrey's Southridge 51-32 Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Fraser Valley Championships.

The Grizzlies now face their arch-nemesis Abbotsford Christian Thursday in their quest for one of the Fraser Valley's three provincial berths.

For three years in a row Abby Christian has denied Graham of a trip to provincials, but the Grizzlies are hopeful they'll turn that around this year since Graham has won two out of the teams' three clashes this year.

The Grizzlies have been hampered by injuries, with star Jenika Bannerman out with a concussion and Erin Steele out with an ankle injury, but the team is now back to a full roster and ready to compete, according coach Sarah Mouritzen.

"The team has really come together to fill the missing gaps of the senior players and over the past few weeks come out with key league victories," she said.

The game against Abby Christian tips off at 5:15 p.m. at G.W. Graham Thursday.

Lejeune on fire

The Sardis secondary senior boys basketball team will head into the Fraser Valley Championships on a winning note after beating the defending provincial champions in their last league game Saturday.

Playing in front of a packed Sardis gym and cheered on by the Sardis Drumline, the Falcons took down Langley's Walnut Grove Gators 83-69.

Hayden Lejeune led the Sardis offence with 31 points.

Eric Rogers scored 24 points and Grade 10 Colin Kellington scored 16.

The Falcons now enter the 24-team Fraser Valley tournament as the fifth seed, vying for one of the Fraser Valley's six provincial berths.

Sardis opens play against either 12th seed Heritage Woods or 21st seed Kwantlen Park at Gleneagle secondary in Coquitlam at 6 p.m. Friday.


Vedder middle school's Grade 9 girls basketball team defeated Chilliwack middle 27-19 to capture back-to-back Fraser Valley East championships Friday.

Hannah Tonsaker and Makena Lejeune led the Vipers offence.

Vedder now hosts the Fraser Valley Championships and was scheduled to take on Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs in the first round Wednesday, but no score was available by press time.

Chilliwack middle, G.W. Graham and A.D. Rundle were also set to compete.

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