BSS ends great season with close loss

Shae Peachey (No. 5) looks to make a pass as the Ballenas Whalers took on the Brittania Bruins. - Tyson Taylor Photo
Shae Peachey (No. 5) looks to make a pass as the Ballenas Whalers took on the Brittania Bruins.
— image credit: Tyson Taylor Photo

The Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team has come up short on their chance to make it to the provincials this season.

In a wild card playoff game, the Whalers were defeated 64–57 by the Brittania Bruins, the defending AA Senior Girls Provincial champions. It was a tough game for the Whalers, who were down multiple times but fought their way back to put the pressure on the Bruins.

The Whalers found themselves down early as the Bruins shot a high percentage in the first quarter, with one of their players hitting all four of her first shots, each one for three. Ballenas got back on track in the second quarter and managed to close the Bruins lead to just six points as they headed into half time.

Brittania once again hit some three–pointers to stretch their lead but then the Whalers came alive with a huge surge that saw them cut the Bruins’ lead to just three points, creating lots of turnovers and dominating play in the paint. Chelsea Hoey was dominant inside and Brittany Britz hit a three of her own to help the Whalers come within three points.

It was too little too late for the Whalers in the end though as Brittania’s three-point game was too much for the Whalers. This brings the Whalers impressive season to an end and will see five seniors graduating.

The Kwalikum Secondary senior boys team also saw its basketball season come to an end last weekend in Victoria as they lost their first game of a tournament to eventual Island champions St. Michaels University School (Victoria). KSS won its second game over Shawnigan Lake 60–37. Needing a win in their third game to advance, KSS came up short to Brentwood College 68–52.

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