Top-ranked Whalers girls head to North Islands

The Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team look to continue their fine play heading into the North Island tournament today.

The Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team will look to continue their fine play heading into the North Island tournament, which kicks off today.

Capping off their fine regular season, the Whalers managed to run the table and go unbeaten through league play, with a 59-53 victory over the previously unbeaten Isfeld Ice.

Makayla Hoey, Abby Lefeaux, Courtney Anderson, Abby Tillotson and Kate Reynolds, who combined for 57 of the Whalers’ 59 points, led the way for the team.

In their final tune-up before the North Island tournament (Feb. 11-13) at Kwalikum Secondary, the Whalers were on the mainland for the 26th Big Kahuna tournament, which featured a number of top ranked AA teams.

After dropping their first game against third place St. Thomas Moore (Burnaby), the Whalers reeled off three straight wins to close the tournament.

Ballenas picked up a 54-51 win over the 15th place Windsor Dukes (North Vancouver), a 70-47 win over host York House and closed with a 56-46 win over ninth place Okanagan Mission (Kelowna).

Makayla Hoey was named a tournament all-star for the second straight year, and Abby Lefeaux earned honourable mention.

Currently ranked 12th in the province (according to the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball website), the Whalers come into the North Island tournament as the top ranked team, looking to extend their undefeated league record.