Suttira Johansen lines up the shot during the basketball provincials in Langley.

Junior girls hit the courts in Langley

The Charles Hays junior girls Rainmakers made their way to Langley last week to compete in provincials.

The Charles Hays junior girls Rainmakers made their way to Langley last week to compete in provincials, but despite their best efforts they were unable to come away with a win.

After a long trip down south, the girls opened the tournament against R.A. McMath of Richmond on Wednesday afternoon with a 73-7 loss. The following day the girls tipped off against Mark Isfeld of Courtenay and fell to the island-team 46-10. The third game of the tournament saw the Rainmakers face off against College Heights of Prince George, falling 60-36.

The final game of provincials for the girls was against a familiar foe in the Nechako Valley Vikings of Vanderhoof. When the final buzzer of the final game sounded the Rainmakers were on the wrong end of a57-28 final score.

Three players received Player of the Game awards, with Henzle Masocol taking two awards and Billie Leeson and Harjyot Sidhu capturing one apiece.

Despite falling short of a win in the provincials, head coach Anna Ashley said she was proud of how the players represented the school and the community.

“I thought the girls played well during provincials. They never gave up and played very solid defence. We had some difficulties with our offense but overall they played well and showed great sportsmanship … I think the highlight of the tournament was just seeing how the girls came together when dealing with difficult game situations.  The fact that they were able to pull themselves back up and continue to play hard, despite overwhelming odds was very inspiring to watch.  They are a great group of girls and I’ve loved having the opportunity to coach them and get the know them better,” she said.

“Overall, this has been a very successful season for the CHSS junior  Rainmakers girls team.  We were 6-2 overall in zone play and 9-6 for the entire season. Next year looks to be very strong as well with a strong group of Grade 9’s coupled with a strong group of Grade 8’s coming in from PRMS.”