It was another victory for the Ballenas Whalers senior girls team, defending their home court by beating the Isfeld Ice (Comox) 64-48 Tuesday.
The win now gives the Whaler girls a 5-0 record in league play and sees them just outside the top 10, provincially, in AA senior girls basketball.
“We had a good game against a good team,” head coach Daryl Britz said. “Our transition game was what helped us to victory. We were able to transition well on offense and our transition defense gave their transition offense fits, so it was a great game for us from that point.”
Leading the way for the Whaler girls were the Hoey sisters, Chelsea (24 points) and Makayla (12 points), along with Abby Lefeaux (14 points) and Emily Robertson (12 points).
“It was nice to see us spread out the scoring,” Britz said. “Being able to get contributions from those four goes a long way for our team and keeps opponents guessing as to who’s going to be putting the ball in the hoop for us.”
The Whaler girls will be in Victoria this weekend for the Victoria City Police Tournament and hope to improve on their fourth place finish this past weekend at the Notre Dame tournament in Vancouver.
It was a rematch against the same Britannia team from last year that sent the Whalers packing in a wild card game to make the provincials. Having this one marked down on the calendar, the Whalers got a measure of revenge, beating Britannia to open up their tournament.
“We definitely exercised some demons with that win,” Britz said. “The girls had that one in the back of their minds since the start of this season and they came out and played a real good game. It was a good win for us, from a revenge stand point and to show ourselves where we stand this year.”
Game two for the Whalers was a game, and a scene, they won’t soon forget. Playing against the host Notre Dame team, the Whaler girls were treated to a college like atmosphere, complete with a gym full of hyped up students and a 25-piece band that made life difficult for the Whalers. Makayla Hoey was also named to the tournament all-star team, to go along with winning player of the game honours, as did sister Chelsea and Abby Leafeaux.
“It was crazy, haven’t seen anything like that before,” Britz said. “They started up about five minutes before the game even started and went all the way through to the final buzzer. I found myself having to yell as loud as I could during timeouts so the girls could hear me. It’s something else to be a part of an atmosphere like that.”
With two games remaining in league play, the Whalers girls are sitting in a good position and will look to keep up their fine play as they take on the Wellington Wildcats in Nanaimo next Tuesday.
“We’ve played good so far,” Britz said. “We’re hoping to fine tune a few more things with these final two games and get ourselves ready for a run towards the provincials.”