Duplicating their efforts from one week earlier, Ballenas senior girls basketball standout Makayla Hoey was named Most Valuable Player and teammate Kate Reynolds was selected to the All-Star team as the Whalers placed second in the annual Victoria Police Hoop Tournament at St. Michael’s University School Saturday.
Hoey was also MVP and Reynolds an all-star selection at the 62nd annual Totem Tournament in Port Alberni, which wrapped up Jan. 7.
The Whalers rolled to a low-scoring, 48-38 win over host SMUS in the opening round of the eight-team girls tournament Thursday, then cruised past Unity Christian School of Chilliwack, 64-46 in Friday’s semifinals.
In Saturday’s championship final, Class AA Ballenas suffered a 64-57 loss to the AAA Claremont Spartans of Saanich to take home silver.
The Ballenas senior boys, who were coming off an 80-47 loss to Wellington last Tuesday in mid-Island AAA conference play, placed fifth with with a 57-53 win over Shawnigan in Saturday’s final.
The Whalers boys lost 82-42 to Maple Ridge in Thursday’s opening round but bounced back with a 56-48 win over Duncan Christian Secondary to earn a spot in the fifth-place game.
— NEWS Staff