Summerland Secondary School’s senior girls basketball team is going to the AA Girls Provincial Championships. The Rockets earned the spot by plading third in the Okanaga Valley Championships held in Kamloops on the weekend.

Senior basketball girls go to provincials

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Summerland Secondary School senior girls basketball team is heading off to the provincials.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Summerland Secondary School senior girls basketball team is heading off to the AA Girls Provincial Championships.

The Rockets earned the berth on the weekend by placing third in the Okanagan Valley Championships held in Kamloops.

Summerland, which was ranked fourth going into the tournament, came out strong in their opening game against fifth-ranked Kalamalka from Vernon.

The Rockets dominated the game and finished with a 76-36 victory. Summerland’s scoring was led by Chloe Kennedy with 22, Lauren Antonovitch with 20 and Shannon Parker with 15.  Chipping in four each were Amber Lee Watson, Abi Meeten, Sarah Bergstrom and Grace Manders.

In Friday’s semi final, Summerland met the top team in the valley, SaHali.  The Rockets came out strong against the excellent Kamloops team, which is ranked fourth in the province.

Summerland played outstanding defense and held SaHali to 20 points in the first half, posting a midway score of 18-20.  SaHali’s strong defense in the second half slowed the Rockets offense and the Kamloops girls ended up posting a 34-50 victory.

Shannon Parker had an incredible game, both defensively and offensively and led the Rockets with 15 points.  Sydney Clement had nine, while Meeten and Antonovitch had six each.

Saturday morning the Rockets played Okanagan Mission.

After a slow start the Rockets took control of the game and went on to a 59-42 victory.

Parker was once again the leading scorer as she netted 15 points. Antonovitch had 14, Meeten and Manders eight each, Kennedy seven and Clement six. Summerland showed the strength of their team depth as very tight refereeing saw a lot of girls in foul trouble and all members of the team stepping in to fill important roles in the play.

In their final game, Summerland came up against their arch rivals, the Oliver Hornets.

The Rockets had recently been defeated by the Hornets in their zone playoff game.  The game was an excellent, hard fought battle by both teams and Oliver led Summerland by narrow margins most of the game.

In the final quarter, the Rockets rallied and pulled ahead of Oliver by three points in the final minute.  Oliver showed great poise and sank a three pointer in the dying seconds to tie the game and send it into overtime.

In the five minute overtime period the lead changed hands several times and in the end the Rockets scored crucial free throws by Ellen Rutherford and Sydney Clement to put Summerland up by three.

The Rockets held on for a 69-66 win.

Chloe Kennedy and Lauren Antonovitch had outstanding offensive and defensive games for Summerland, netting 21 and 20 points respectively. Parker and Clement had eight each and Rutherford four.

Oliver, which also earned a berth in the provincials, was led by the incredible shooting of Ashley McGinnis who had seven three-pointers and a total of 31 points.

Emily Jentsch, despite playing limited minutes on an injured ankle, was also outstanding with 14 points.

Parker was recognized for her outstanding play and defensive hustle by being named to the Okanagan Valley all-star team.

The Rockets head off to the provincials in Kamloops March 6 to 10.


Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Summerland man facing 1-3 years for fight with neighbour

Joshua James Doell, facing one count of aggravated assault, is awaiting a judge’s decision

South Okanagan-Similkameen athletes geared up for B.C. Games

Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games kick off this Thursday and 27 athletes from the region will compete

Canada wins gold in bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in two-man event at 2018 Winter Olympics

UPDATE: Kelowna snowboarder being mourned at Big White

He was a local snowboarder, who went to Rutland high school.

Hope raises thousands for two Kelowna charities

The event Hope in Her Eyes managed to raise more than $17,000 for two Kelowna non-profits

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

NDP Health Minister calls to offer woman seat on Interior Health Board

Joyce Beddow-Buckland of Ashcroft was surprised by the call, and accepted the offer.

Police called to investigate threats

Threat incident involved students at Summerland Secondary School

No decision yet from Sagmoen bail hearing

Provincial court judge is expected to decide next week if Silver Creek man to remain in custody

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Vagina Monologues hits the Kelowna stage this week

Okanagan production set to target a hot topic: vaginas

Most Read