The Kelowna Christian Knights display their silver medals at the B.C. high school girls A basketball championship. Coach Ryan Linttell (back left), Taysha Boulter, Kristin Naude, Ashley Overby, Maggie Becker, Paige Vanderhoek, assistant coach Eva Linttell, (front) Sarah Linttell (Coach), Brianna Grando, Naomi Kent, Makayla Sader and Mallory Sader. -Image: Contributed

Silver lining for Knights at B.C. finals

Kelowna Christian is runner-up at the provincial A girls basketball championship in Abbotsford.

The Kelowna Christian School Knights returned home with some hardware from the B.C. high school girls’ A basketball championship.

Seeded fifth heading into provincials, the Knights exceeded expectations by capturing the silver medal at the 16-team event played in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

In Saturday’s final at Columbia Bible College, the Knights fell to the host Unity Christian Flames 60-38.

The highlight of the weekend came for KCS came in the semifinal as the Knights upset No. 1 seeded Credo Christian 60-51.

“We were really happy,” head coach Ryan Linttell said of the Knights’ silver medal win. “We were especially happy with the win over Credo, that was a great effort by the girls.

“We were expecting Credo to get to 70 points, but the girls worked crazy hard and played great defense.”

KCS opened the provincials with an 85-17 win over Agassiz, then defeated Nechako Valley 66-43 to advance to the semis.

The Knights’ Naomi Kent was named the top defensive player of the provincial tournament, while KCS teammates Breanna Grando and Mallory Sader both earned all-star nods.

A former student at Kelowna Christian, Ryan Linttell won three B.C. titles with the Knights senior boys team. In his first year as coach of the girls’ program, he couldn’t have asked for a much better outcome.

“I had an awesome high school basketball experience (at KCS) and it’s nice to be able come back and coach and give something back,” he said. “I’m happy for the girls, they’ve played together for a long time and really deserved this.”

The Heritage Christian Saints went 2-2 and finished in seventh place at provincials, defeating Pemberton 51-47 in their final game.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Missed a week of news? We’ve got you covered

Every Saturday, we post popular stories from the week

Long-time Hedley fan weighs in on concert

Davis Wiggs attended Hedley’s final show last night

Kelowna couple hoping for a miracle

Endang Suslash is hoping to stay in Canada so she continue receiving treatment for kidney failure

Highway potholes under ministry jurisdiction

The District of Lake Country doesn’t touch the highway when it comes to filling potholes

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in Kelowna before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Prospera Place

Bottle drive held for Kelowna fire victim’s family

Springfield Elementary held a bottle drive today to support the Van Gool family

B.C. umpire has developed thick skin after 30 years listening to insults

Scott McLaren pays no mind to comments from the cheap seats

Musicians Sarah Harmer, Grimes join B.C. anti-pipeline protests

Musicians are in Vancouver for the Juno Awards on Sunday night

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Snowfall warning for Highway 3

Kelowna - A snowfall warning is in effect from Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read