No joy in Bomberville after LVR teams eliminated at zone tournaments
By The Nelson Daily Sports
It will be difficult to find joy and laughter on the faces of some of the students at L.V. Rogers High School Monday after both varsity basketball teams struck out at their respective Kootenay AA Basketball Zone Tournaments.
The LVR Bombers trailed by as many as 30 points en route to dropping a heartbreaking decision to the David Thompson Lakers in the final of the High School AA Boy’s Zone final Saturday in Kimberley. (See The Nelson Daily Tuesday for complete wrap of LVR Senior Boy’s weekend.)
Meanwhile, in Grand Forks, the Bombers lost Friday to the host Wolves in semi final action at the Kootenay High School Girl’s AA Basketball Championships.
Despite an incredible 37-point performance by senior point guard Sarah Fuhr, the Wolves defeated LVR 73-58.
Grand Forks went on to dump David Thompson Lakers 67-40 Saturday to capture the Kootenay berth while defending zone champion LVR finished third, blasting J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 77-50 in consolation action.
“Grand Forks definitely was a different team playing on their home court and sleeping in their own beds than they were when we played them earlier this month and beat them,” said Bomber coach Bruce Fuhr.
“They ran the floor extremely well, pressured our shooters throughout the game and everything they put up in the first half went in.”
Leading 18-14 after one quarter, the Wolves took control of the game by out scoring the Bombers 26-12 to lead 44-26 at the half.
The Bombers staged a rally in the third period, pulling to within nine points, 51-42. But Grand Forks scored the final two baskets in the quarter to regain its double-digit lead.
In the final quarter LVR had one last push but could not match the Wolves strong inside game.
“Grand Forks really did a good job in the paint limiting our post players chances,” Fuhr explained. “(Grand Forks post players) Amanda Thate and Maya Wold made it difficult for our players to penetrate the paint and dominated the boards, giving us only one shot.”
Emily Klapstein scored seven points for LVR before fouling out while Kiandra McLaren added six. Thate led Grand Forks with 29 points while Wold had 13.
Fuhr had 16 points in the first quarter before exploding for 21 in the second half, including 12 points from behind the three-point arc.
Saturday, against the short-staffed Hawks, LVR led 15-6 and 22-12 in the first quarter and never looked back. The Bomber pressed totally frustrated Crowe leading to numerous turnovers and easy baskets.
Fuhr, averaging 20 points in her senior season in a Bomber jersey, led all scorers with 21 points. Kyndle Doolan and McLaren added nine points while Klapstein and Rachael Moulson, also graduating from the program, had seven and six points, respectively.
Marliese Mauro had 14 points for the Hawks while graduating senior Amy Davidson added four.
The Bombers finished the season with a 12-9 record.
Playing their final game as seniors at LVR were Sarah Fuhr, Kyndle Doolan, Emily Klapstein and Rachael Moulson.