Boosted by the dominant performance of Emma Johnson, the Immaculata Mustangs are celebrating the school’s first B.C. Catholic girls basketball championship since 2004.
Johnson, who was named the tournament’s MVP and most inspirational player, scored 33 points as the Mustangs drubbed the host Holy Cross Crusaders 78-41 in Saturday’s provincial final in Surrey.
“She dominated defensively and scored a lot of points off steals,” said Mustangs coach Andrew Gini. “Emma is consistently good and just goes hard every game.”
Ashlyn Day added 23 points and was named to the tournament all-star team along with Mustangs’ teammate, Nicole Hart.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in B.C. 2A girls basketball, advanced to the championship game with a win over Little Flower Academy in the semifinal.
It was the Mustangs first Catholic title in 11 years, when assistant Katie (Woodman) Van de Sype played for Immaculata, and Andrew’s dad, Dino Gini, was the head coach. Both are assistant coaches with this year’s team.
“It was nice they were both there to see it happen after winning it 11 years ago,” Andrew Gini said.
Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked Immaculata boys split four games at the B.C. Catholic finals in Surrey.
The Mustangs lost to St. Pat’s by four and St. John Brebeuf Bears by one point, while defeating St. Thomas More and Archbishop Carney by 14.