Host Knights claim bronze in Cross Zone girls A b’ball tourney

After playing nine games in a grueling 10-day stretch, the Kelowna Christian Knights still had enough left in the tank to win the bronze medal at their home tournament.

Kelowna Christian’s Kelsi Taron (right) wards off an opponent from Mulgrave School on Friday during the Knights’ senior girls basketball tournament.

After playing nine games in a grueling 10-day stretch, the Kelowna Christian Knights still had enough left in the tank to win the bronze medal at their home tournament.

KCS finished with a strong fourth quarter to down Valemount 54-46 in the third place game at the Cross Zone girls A basketball tourney on Saturday afternoon.

Kelsi Taron and Jessica Marees each scored 12 points as the No. 4-ranked Knights outscored Valemount 14-8 in the final quarter.

“Those were two exhausted teams out there, but our girls found a way to finish it off,” said Knights coach Rob Robinson.

The 2011 tournament semifinal was a rematch of last year’s B.C. semifinal which saw KCS handle Cedars Christian easily.

This time the tables were turned as No. 2 Cedars outscored a fatigued Knights team 20-4 in the fourth quarter for a 64-48 win.

Tournament MVP Kayla Gordon led Cedars with 25 points.

Cammi Taron scored 13 for KCS, Kelsi Taron added 12 and Jenica MacKenzie added 10 points.

In the tournament opener Friday, the Knights beat Mulgrave 46-39. Cammi Taron and Jessica Marees each scored 11 points.

Cammi Taron was named to the tournament’s first all-star team, while Marees and Kelsi Taron were named to the second team.

Poor Weather forced two teams to cancel their trip to the Okanagan—Fernie and St. John’s—but seven of the top eight schools in the B.C. A rankings still managed to make it to Kelowna.

The Cross Zone format was instituted this year to bring together the province’s best teams and evaluate how the various regions stack up against each other.

“It’s a brand new concept to see who’s strong in what zone,” said Robinson. “It helps us with wild card seedings at the end of the year.”

Menawhile, on Wednesday night, Kelowna Christian and Immaculata will meet for the first time this season in Okanagan Valley league action.

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