Senior Jewels take high hoops to Island

The Senior Jewels played four games in a 24-hour period in Nanaimo and finished third out of six teams, with three wins and one loss.

Claire Beldi takes a free throw during the Salmon Arm Secondary Senior Jewels game Dec. 13 versus Kelowna Secondary

Claire Beldi takes a free throw during the Salmon Arm Secondary Senior Jewels game Dec. 13 versus Kelowna Secondary

The Senior Jewels, driven by coach Terry Michell in “Thomas” the minibus, competed in the Dover Bay Secondary Classic Tournament in Nanaimo, Dec. 16 and 17. The team played four games in a 24-hour period  and finished third out of six teams, with three wins and one loss.

Game # 1 Friday was a 70-21 win over Parkland of Victoria. There were four girls who tallied double digits. The next game was a 66-40 win over Kwalikum of Parksville to finish first in their pool. Sam Bergman led with 18 points.

On Saturday, in the semi against Walnut Grove of Langley, the Jewels led for three quarters but ran out of gas in the fourth to lose 43 to 60. Top scorer was Stef Kelly with 18.

In their final game Steph Jetty scored 19 points to lead the Jewels to a 58-42 victory over Parksville.

In league play Dec. 13 at Kelowna, the girls lost to ninth-ranked KSS 29-76. Their pre -Christmas record is five wins and four  losses.

League win

The Junior Golds Basketball team started the week with a 53-26 win over Pleasant Valley in their first league game. Westlee Bischoff led the way with 11 points, followed by Lenny DePatie and Morgan Crandlemire with eight each.

Salmon Arm faced Kalamalka in the opening game of the Vernon Secondary Invitational. Paul Beevor-Potts played well at both ends of the court for the Golds. He scored 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lakers won 46-22. DePatie and Wyatt Turner both chipped in eight points.

Next up for the Golds were the Golden Eagles. Salmon Arm had a good first half, but the Eagles took over in the third quarter and went on to a 57-44 victory. Sam Wong, Beevor-Potts and Crandlemire had eight points each.

In their final game of the week, Salmon Arm defeated PVSS 58-25. Crandlemire hit for 13 and Jordan Hislop had his season high of nine to lead the Golds.

Evan Chorlton was named the game star for his defensive intensity.