Whalers’ one last shot at provincials

The Parksville senior girls basketball team struggled on the weekend but has one last chance

Makayla Hoey (with ball) looks to make a pass as the Ballenas Whalers took on the Wellington Wildcats at the AA Island Tournament.

The Ballenas Whalers senior girls have one more shot to get into the AA Basketball Provincials in Langley March 5–8.

The Whalers were in Comox last weekend at Mark Isfeld Secondary looking to come away with a top two finish in the Island tournament.

Ballenas rolled in their first game with a 77-41 win over Parkland from Victoria. It was a big win for the number one ranked squad out of the North Island as they shut down scoring threat Kristy Gallagher.

Their second game came against the Wellington Wildcats and it was a match that was going to be tough right from the tip off.

Head coach Daryl Britz and his Whaler girls knew this as the Wildcats have been ranked in the top 10 in the province for most of the season.

“It’s funny, winning the North Island tournament actually put us in a tougher position in terms of the draw for the Islands,” Britz said.

“That being said, it’s something that we were excited about because playing those tougher teams really shows you what you’ve got.”

The Whalers came out strong in the first quarter, jumping out to an early lead, as they were able to knock their shots down and build an early buffer. Wellington clawed their way back into the game and the two teams battled back and forth, taking turns with the lead in the first and second quarters.

The second half was all Wellington as Whalers standout Chelsea Hoey was in foul trouble early in the first half and defensive specialist Megan Bell went down with an injury. Ballenas ended up losing to Wellington 63–41.

So it was on to the opposite side of the bracket for the Whalers, as they took on NDSS from Nanaimo in their third game of the tournament. Ballenas managed to regroup and took the game 55–45.

This meant that the Whalers had a shot to end up in a position to challenge for a wild card berth to the provincials if they could come out on top in their fourth and final game against Lambrick Park.

In what was supposed to be a good, competitive match for both teams, Lambrick Park ended up forfeiting the game to Ballenas who were scheduled to play Monday after the press deadline, with another chance to go to the provincials.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach dragon boating team looks for new members

Team Hot Flash was formed last year and is gearing up for second season

$3.5M all-season turf field planned for Qualicum Beach

Town seeks grant for community playing surface upgrades

Car theft suspect arrested in Coombs

Vehicle and two motorcyles recovered on Jan. 16

Qualicum Beach council big on support for multi-use cinema proposal

Society asks for 10,000 square feet, gets recommendation to consider with strategic plan

Lincoln stolen from Parksville dealership found near Duncan

Vehicle was located three days later with minor damage

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Telegraph Cove Resort one of many venues to featured at Hitched wedding fair

Black Press Media’s annual Hitched Wedding and Events Affair is Sunday, Jan. 27, in Courtenay

Inflation rises as higher airfares, veggie prices offset cheaper gas

Statistics Canada says inflation accelerated to two per cent in December

Social media strains over Prince Rupert’s boil water notice

Resident forms Community for Clean Water, and Jennifer Rice responds to acting mayor’s comments

Dog dies saving B.C. family from burning home

Homeowners safe but one pet missing, another confirmed dead following fire

Investigators await forensics in fatal Mill Bay police shooting

Independent investigation continues after Chris Bloomfield killed in Mill Bay in November

Minor mattress fire could have killed, Nanaimo Fire Rescue warns

Public fire safety warnings issued following potentially deadly fire on Victoria Road

Russian fighter jets collide over Sea of Japan crews eject

One plane crashed after its crew ejected safely, the other crew also ejected but they have not been found

Most Read