After their best season yet, the G.W. Graham senior girls basketball team still fell just short of securing their elusive first provincial cham-pionship berth this week.
The Grizzlies had been bat-tling for a back-door route to the BCs since losing their first game of the Fraser Valley championships Feb. 15.
But their last hope was dashed by a 70-57 defeat at the hands of Yorkhouse in a wild card game Monday.
"We came out a bit flat and nervous in the first half," said coach Sarah Mouritzen, "but after being down 18 at one point, the girls fought back to get it with in five in the dying minutes of the fourth quar-ter but just didn't have quite enough."
The Grizzlies had a chance to clinch a trip to the provin-cials Saturday in the bronze medal game of the Fraser Valley's but were denied 68-60 by perennial spoilers Abbots-ford Christian, who have now stymied Graham's provincial aspirations three seasons in a row.
Grizzlies senior Kaitlyn McDonald, who heads to the University of the Fraser Valley next season, put up 25 points against the Knights, and Jeni-ka Bannerman had her "best game in a Grizzlies uniform," according to Mouritzen, with 29 points and a monster 18 rebounds.