For the second straight year, the Immaclata Mustangs are the provincial Grade 9 girls basketball champs.
The Mustangs captured the B.C. title with a 50-46 victory over W.J. Mouat in Saturday’s final at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Immaculata, ranked No. 2, built up a 16-point lead through three quarters against the fifth-ranked Hawks, then held off Mouat down the stretch for the four-point win.
Ashlyn Day and Amanda Grant led the Mustnags attack in the final with 14 points each, while Stephanie McCann was named player of the game with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Kate Johnson and Ashley Prehofer were both solid defensively with three steals each.
“The girls were focused all week, and they wanted the provincial more than anyone else their and it showed,” said Mustangs coach Patrick Oliveira.
“I am so proud of those girls they worked so hard and were prepared for a battle in Richmond which they prevailed against the odds.”
The Mustangs finished the season with a record of 30-4.
“One of the hardest things to do in school sports is to win a provincial title, and those girls showed heart and determination nothing was going to stand in their way,” Oliveira added.
Immaculata opened the tournament with a 74-11 victory over Queens of Angels from Duncan, then defeated McRoberts 51-33 in the quarterfinals as Grant scored 17 points and added five rebounds.
In the semis, the Mustangs took care of New West 49-30 as Amanda Grant had 16 points and Ashlyn Day added 10 points and eight boards.
Lindsay Nicholas, Ashlyn Day and Amanda Grant were named tournament all-stars, while Nicole Hart was awarded the tournament’s best defensive player award.
Dr. Knox placed eighth at provincials, while KLO was 11th.