PHOTO SUBMITTED                                BASKETBALL TEAM                                The Summerland Secondary School junior girls Rockets basketball team has had a strong season so far. In the back rom from left are Paige Russill, Karrah Roelfsema, Jaqueline Mansiere, Brinay Burdick and coach Tama Corday. In front from left are Navi Hughes, Alyssa Robinson, Laska Hughes, Lexi Corday and Olivia Harrold.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BASKETBALL TEAM The Summerland Secondary School junior girls Rockets basketball team has had a strong season so far. In the back rom from left are Paige Russill, Karrah Roelfsema, Jaqueline Mansiere, Brinay Burdick and coach Tama Corday. In front from left are Navi Hughes, Alyssa Robinson, Laska Hughes, Lexi Corday and Olivia Harrold.

Basketball team off to a strong start

Summerland Secondary School junior girls Rockets team hoping for spot in Provincials

The Summerland Secondary School junior girls basketball team has had a strong start to the season, winning both of their December tournaments.

On Dec. 1 and 2, they hosted the Icebreaker Classic Tournament.

The girls were tournament champions winning all three games of the round robin.

Friday night saw the Rockets beat Westsyde 77-7 .

The girls were tested on Saturday and beat a strong KLO team 59-54.

In the final game of the tournament, the girls beat Vernon Secondary 48-27.

This past weekend they were in Kelowna for Kelowna Secondary School’s Snowy Owl Classic and came home champions.

The girls got progressively stronger each game and the success they had on the court is a tribute to the sense of team and commitment they have off the court with each other.

Friday night was a tough match up against a talented KLO team from Kelowna.

The girls were down by six at half time but a stellar defensive effort in the third quarter allowed the team to tie it up.

The fourth quarter was controlled by Karrah Roelfsema’s attacks to the hoop for 10 points.

The girls won 43-40.

Roelfsema was named player of the game and Laska Hughes earned the hustle award for her excellent defense. High scorer was Lexi Corday with 18 points.

The team’s first Saturday game was for a trip to the final and the Rockets beat Vernon Secondary School 46-16 with Brinay Burdick netting 16 and Olivia Harrold, Jaqueline Mansiere and Roelfsema each adding 10.

Navi Huges received player of the game for her composure on both ends of the court.

Harrold received the hustle recognition for her endless intensity and leadership.

The girls’ hard work landed them in the final against Pen Hi.

Summerland came out on fire and won with authority 68-22. Jaqueline Mansiere was player of the game with her focus on defense in the post and smooth shooting for 10 points.

Paige Russill was the hustle award winner for her determination on defence and consistency on offense.

Lexi Corday was a beast on defense and contributed 29 points in the win and Burdick added 18 points with a beautiful deep three-pointer.

Alyssa Robinson was instrumental all weekend with her maturity on the court, running the offense, and her determination on defense. She nailed two gorgeous three-pointers and is really finding her groove behind the arc.

The Rockets are excited about the season and boost a lot of talent and athleticism in youngsters Lexi Corday and Burdick who are in Grade 9.

Strong play inside from Roelfsema, Mansiere and Russill provide powerful rebounding.

The ball handling and defense from Laska Hughes, Harrold, Navi Hughes, and Robinson bring endless energy, not to mention the offensive threat of Olivia Harrold and shooting finesse of Robinson.

The girls are hoping for a spot in the junior girls Provincials this year in Langley. They placed sixth in the Grade 9 Provincials last year.

Currently, the Rockets are proving to be a top contender in the Okanagan Valley.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

PHOTO SUBMITTED                                BASKETBALL TEAM                                The Summerland Secondary School junior girls Rockets basketball team has had a strong season so far. In the back rom from left are Paige Russill, Karrah Roelfsema, Jaqueline Mansiere, Brinay Burdick and coach Tama Corday. In front from left are Navi Hughes, Alyssa Robinson, Laska Hughes, Lexi Corday and Olivia Harrold.

PHOTO SUBMITTED BASKETBALL TEAM The Summerland Secondary School junior girls Rockets basketball team has had a strong season so far. In the back rom from left are Paige Russill, Karrah Roelfsema, Jaqueline Mansiere, Brinay Burdick and coach Tama Corday. In front from left are Navi Hughes, Alyssa Robinson, Laska Hughes, Lexi Corday and Olivia Harrold.

Just Posted

The Okanagan’s first virtual wedding fair will be held Saturday, March 27. {Paul Rodgers photo)
Okanagan to host virtual wedding fair

Okanagan wine country is No. 1 destination for weddings - online event set for March 27

Wills Hodgkinson, 10, and his mom Neeley Brimer get ready to battle round three of cancer. The community of Penticton has his back. (Submitted)
Community raises $21K to help Penticton boy battle third round of cancer

Okanoggin Barbers held the fundraiser on Saturday for 10-year-old Wills Hodgkinson

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
UPDATE: 70-year-old man killed in workplace accident at Baldy Mountain

The mountain closed on Saturday but has partially re-opened today (Sunday)

Send your letter to the editor via email to news@summerlandreview.com. Please included your first and last name, address, and phone number.
LETTER: Summerland affordable housing proposal opposed

“For a building that will change the dynamic of a small town, I would have expected more discussion.”

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccination set to start for B.C. seniors aged 80-plus

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Salmon Arm RCMP officers seized a handgun and a quantity of cocaine during a search of a vehicle on Thursday, Feb. 11. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP seize handgun, cocaine in vehicle search

Two Surrey residents released from custody, investigation continues

Lumby’s WTF What the Fry was broken into Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, and the till was stolen around 9:30 a.m. (Facebook)
Cash box stolen from Lumby poutinerie

WTF broken into in broad daylight seven weeks after grand opening

KISU swim club member Justin Fotherby is one of six swimmers from across Canada to be recognized for the 2020-2021 Victor Davis Award. (Submitted photo)
Penticton swimmer wins major awards, closing in on Olympic dream

Justin Fotherby, a KISU club member, has just won the prestigious Victor Davis Award

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Oliver Fire Department. (Submitted photo)
Burn pile fire spreads to nearby garage in Oliver

The fire could be seen from Highway 97 and was called in at 3:45 a.m.

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Last year, more than 80 parents braved sub-zero temperatures to stand in line at Vernon’s Beairsto Elementary to ensure a Kindergarten spot for their children come September. Now, this first-come, first-served system is about to change. (Morning Star file photo)
COVID exposure at Vernon elementary school

Interior Health reporting exposure Feb. 19 and 22 at Beairsto

Most Read