Junior girls basketball teams doing well

The Whaler girls are coming off an impressive tournament in Cedar

Oceanside’s two Jr Girls teams are tearing it up this season.

Ballenas’ Jr. Girls team closed out league play in Nanaimo Wednesday night with a 46-15 route over the NDSS Islanders.

That win combined with a Ladysmith forfeit last Monday leaves the Whalers at 8-1 in league play and secures them second place and second seed in the eight-team district playdowns slated for Kwalikum Secondary School Feb. 10-11.

The Kondors are unbeaten in league play and close out their regular season against the Wellington Wildcats next Wednesday.

“It’s really good,” BSS head coach Daryl Britz said of the local rivalry. “I can’t remember in recent history (the two school’s Jr. Girls teams) being one-two in our zone.

The Kondors clipped the Whalers 42-38 at ‘the Nest Jan. 11 in their only meeting of the year for Ballenas’ lone league loss.

That the two local teams of Gr. 9 and 10 girls are both vying for a North Island title sets the table for what has the makings of an interesting playoff run.

The Whaler girls are coming off an impressive tournament win in Cedar last weekend.

Quick with a seriously stingy defence, the Whaler girls shelled SMU 63-14 in their opener, dispatched Woodlands 51-14 in game two, and clobbered Cedar 50-24 in the final.

The Whalers had three girls in double digits in their opener — Magan Bell and Chelsey Hoey led the charge with 19 points apiece, and Brittany Britz finished with 14.

In game two Hoey had a game-high 14 points, Britz 14 and Megan Bell 12.

Against the Spartans in game three, Bell and Hoey fed the net for 16 points each and Josie Jennett “had a bucket full of rebounds” and numerous steals for 12 points.