The Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team is off to a hot start in their season and, after winning a tournament in Victoria this past weekend, are ranked in the top ten in B.C.
The Whalers girls are unbeaten on their season so far, having three wins in league play in three games so far.
They also had six wins in exhibition and tournament play for a 9-0 start, earning a ranking of tenth in B.C. (AA Senior Girls Basketball).
Last weekend, the senior girls squad was in Victoria for the Victoria Christmas Tournament.
Playing their first game against Lambrick Park, who had home court advantage, the Whalers were up for a challenge but quickly showed what they were made of.
Marching straight to the finals, the Whalers beat Winston Churchill (Calgary) 64-44 to win the Gold Division of the tournament.
“We were a little nervous with playing against the home team,” head coach Daryl Britz said.
“Lambrick Park is always a strong program and to go in there and have our opener against them, it could have gone either way. We showed what we were made of though and held our own on their floor.”
The Whalers would go on to win their opening game by a score of 73-34.
Four different players scored in the double figures and it was just an hour later against Pitt Meadows that the Whalers played their second game of the tournament.
Having another four players scoring double figures, the Whalers went on to win 68-22.
“We’ve instilled a new play, we’re working hard on that,” Britz said.
“Our defense is coming along too, still a few things to work out there. Things have been going well though, starting off unbeaten is nothing to overlook,” he said.
“But we know that we’ve got a lot of tough basketball coming in the New Year.”