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Pender girls play tough at Ashcroft tournament

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The Pender Harbour senior girls put in a strong showing at a tournament in Ashcroft during the Dec. 7 weekend.

In their opening game, they played top seeded Heritage Christian, who won the tournament.

Pender stayed with Heritage Christian and were tied at the half, but both senior posts fouled out in the second half and Pender was unable to overcome the loss, dropping a 51-37 decision.

Next up was Pemberton, ranked number eight in single-A. Pender was up 20 at the half and staved off a Pemberton rally to win 50-45.

The final game was against number four-ranked Princeton.

“We got into a hole and at the half we were down by 20 points,” said coach Earl Antilla. “The girls dug down deep, but couldn’t quite overcome our early deficit — we needed another minute. We lost 64-60, which was the highest scoring game of the tournament.”

Dani Pazur scored 39 points in the game and was team MVP. Other MVPs for the tournament from Pender were Nadine Jay-Reid and Solveig van Wersch.

In other senior girls action, Chatelech defeated Collingwood 34-24 at home on Dec. 10 and dropped a 61-40 decision to Sutherland on Dec. 12. The Eagles are 2-0 in exhibition play and 0-1 in league play.

Elphi edged Sutherland 48-46 on Dec. 3 at home and lost 62-36 to Mulgrave on Dec. 11. The Cougars are 0-1 in exhibition play and 1-1 in league play.

Senior boys

The Elphi senior boys improved to 3-1 in exhibition play with a 73-50 win over Mulgrave on Dec. 11.

The Cougars then hit the road for a weekend tournament in Chilliwack hosted by GW Graham. Elphi split its four games going 2-2.

“The games we lost ended up being our best games because the guys battled hard and gained some great experience,” said assistant coach Denis Turenne.

Elphi won its first game 45-27 over Mission. Carlos Tingley was named player of the game.

Game two was a 75-64 loss. Seniors TJ Turenne scored 27 points, while Nate Haglund added 23.

Up next was Arch Bishop Carney. Elphi went down early 17-6, but climbed back into the game winning 74-53.

Axel Loitz finished with a game high 18 points and was awarded player of the game. TJ and Nate both finished with 15.

Elphi played for fourth place in their final game against a strong, physical DP Todd squad. The Cougars stayed with DP Todd with the rookies really stepping up in a close 61-53 loss.

“This game really showed great heart. Being undersized and with a small bench, the rookies really stepped up and played their best minutes,” Turenne said. “We hoped for a better overall result, but take what we can from every game and keep working on getting better.”

TJ was awarded second team all-star for the tournament.

Juvenile boys

Elphi is off to a great start with a 3-1 record overall (1-0 in league play).

The Cougars lost 39-38 to Windsor on Dec. 4, beat Argyle 47-32 on Dec. 9 and beat Rockridge 49-24 on Dec. 11.

Junior boys

Chatelech is off to a tough 0-3 start.

The Eagles lost 54-34 to Carson Graham on Dec. 10 and 48-17 to West Vancouver on Dec. 12.

The Cougars are just starting their regular season and lost their opener 63-31 on Dec. 10 to St. Thomas Aquinas.

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