The Dr. Knox Falcons are the first ever Kelowna-based team to win the B.C. Grade 9 girls basketball championship.
The host Falcons—ranked No. 2—went unbeaten in four games last weekend at the 16-team provincial tournament, securing the gold medal on Sunday afternoon with a 58-33 win over Penticton.
Knox’s Kaitlyn Lafontaine scored 24 points in the final, including three key three-pointers in the second half. Tournament MVP Charlotte Lewthwaite added 20 points in the win, while Courtney Hemmerling was the player of the game.
Falcons coach Dave Lafontaine says a lot of hard work and commitment by the Knox girls paid off.
“It was really a crowning moment for our team,” said Lafontaine. “My dad coached for many years and talked about how these opportunities at the provincial level don’t come along very often. The girls seized the opportunity.
“It’s been a long process, many hours in the gym… it’s sweet to win it on home court, total elation.”
The Falcons also posted wins over Penticton’s KVR (53-21), Argyle (57-34) and SaHali (30-20).
Kaitlyn Lafontaine and Brette Baybutt of the Falcons were named to the tournament’s all-star team along with KLO’s Kiana Lalonde.
KLO defeated Argyle 49-29 on Sunday to place fifth.
The provincial champion Falcons are: Jordan Nicholas, Katy Gruendel, Sarah-Maude Coderre, Bailie Browne, Madison Barton, Kaitlyn Lafontaine, Janelle Woit, Lauren Carson, Charlotte Lewthwaite, Courtney Hemmerling, Alexa Owen, Brette Baybutt, the coaches are David Lafontaine and Kathy Lafontaine, and the manager is Dana Watts.