Ballenas Grade 12 guard Makayla Hoey was named MVP of the annual Victoria Police Basketball Tournament which wrapped up Saturday

Hoey snares second straight MVP award

Ballenas standout joined by teammate Kate Reynolds on Victoria Police Basketball Tournament all-star team

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

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