Hawks outlast Bombers to claim Kootenay AA Girl's Basketball Crown

Angela Hamilton (7) of the Hawks gets help from a teammate to get past Devyn Parker of the Bombers during Saturday's Kootenay Girl's AA Hoop Final at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr photo
Angela Hamilton (7) of the Hawks gets help from a teammate to get past Devyn Parker of the Bombers during Saturday's Kootenay Girl's AA Hoop Final at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Maddie Vanhorn scored a game-high 14 points to pace the J. Lloyd Crowe to the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Basketball title Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.

Vanhorn scored a basket down the stretch that keyed a 12-7 fourth-quarter run to give the Hawks a 43-38 victory in Saturday’s championship final.

J. Lloyd Crowe now has the opportunity to advance to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Basketball Tournament March 6-9 in Kamloops.

However, it was rumoured the team may not entertain the challenge, instead forfeiting the Kootenay berth.

It would be the second time in as many seasons the Kootenay would not have a representative at the provincial AA tournament.

Saturday’s final matched two West Kootenay teams that have exchanged body blows against each other all season.

LVR opened the game leading 8-7 after one period.

Trailing 13-10, Crowe went on a 9-0 run take a 19-13 lead before the Bombers cut the margin to 19-18 at the half.

The teams were tied 31-31 after three quarters before the Hawks ran away with the win.

Kennady Keraiff had eight points for the Hawks while Angela Hamilton and Allie Atkinson each added five.

Bomber seniors Jayden Roch and Devyn Parker led offence for the home side, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively.

The Bombers had a difficult time penetrating the Hawks zone defence, which led to the below average numbers of leading scorer Parker.

LVR advanced to the final by stopping the Prince Charles Comets 58-17.
Senior Kyley Mirva led the Bombers with 19 points. Parker had 18 while Roch had nine and Marley Watt had six.

Crowe defeated David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 62-43 to reach the final.

The Lakers finished third overall in the five-team tournament with Prince Charles of Creston fourth and Stanley Humphries Rockers fifth.