Mustangs girls take Immaculata Classic

After losing decisively to the Vernon Panthers a month earlier, the Immaculata Mustangs senior girls managed to return the favour.

The host Mustangs downed VSS 54-38 on Saturday to win the 2014 Immaculata Classic basketball tournament.

In December, the two teams met in the final of the Vernon tournament, with the Panthers winning by 17.

This time around, the Mustangs made the necessary adjustments and, after missing the previous game due to the flu, Nichole Hart returned and was a big factor in the win.

"A fantastic effort by our team, we shot the ball well, we defended their bigs great and took them right out of the game," said Mustangs coach Dino Gini. "We had contribution from everyone and played one of our better games of the year.

"Nichole who was player of the game had the best game of her young basketball career, and best defensive player of the game went to Amanda Grant "

Ashlyn Day led Immaculata with 21 points, while Emma Johnson and Jaedyn Penkala had 10 points each.

Penkala was the tournament's MVP,  Emma Johnson was the top defensive player, while the most Inspirational  player was Jordan Korol.

Boys tournament…

On the boys side of the Immaculata Classic, the host Mustangs defeated the Okanagan Mission Huskies 57-54 in the third-place final on Saturday.

The game came down to a couple of key possessions in the last 30 seconds with the Mustangs grabbing the win.

Chris Macdonnell had 19 points in the win, while Michael Gini added 16.

"This was a great game and a great win for our team," said Gini. "This weekend we started to compete at a level that we need to in order to have opportunities to win each game we play, the most important thing is we got better each game. Even though (OKM) was missing a key player, Evan Yarrow, they are very good and well coached so we will take this win, improve and continue to get better."

In the boys final, St Johns defeated Bodwell 63-55.


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