Even though his team did not have the provincial showing he was hoping for, Charles Hays Secondary School junior girls basketball coach Sonny Henry is proud of their effort against tough competition.
“The girls fought right to the end,” Henry said in a text message.
The junior Rainmakers went 0-4 at the 2018 BC High School Championships, losing to North Surrey, Okanagan Mission, Nechako Valley and Argyle. Despite the disappointing finishes, the team gave strong efforts in each of their games.
The Rainmakers matched North Surrey in the early stages of their first game, trailing by only one basket 13-11 at the end of the first quarter behind seven points from Kristy Innes. Despite their strong start, North Surrey dominated in the second quarter, outscoring the Rainmakers 25-6 to take a 38-17 lead at halftime. That proved to be the difference as they would go on to win 63-39. Innes (17) was the top scorer for the Rainmakers.
The team’s second game against Okanagan Mission had a similar feel, with the game tied 10-10 after one, and the Rainmakers holding a 24-18 lead at the end of the second quarter.
However, the Rainmakers had a difficult time on offence in the third quarter with only Payton Henry and Innes being able to score. Okanagan mission was able to claw their way back into the game and only trailed 32-33 at the end of the quarter thanks to eight free throw attempts and several finishes around the basket.
In the fourth, Okanagan Mission held onto the momentum and out scored the Rainmakers 24-10 to pick up the 56-43 victory. Innes (20) and Henry (12) were top scorers for the Rainmakers.
In their final two games, the Rainmakers lost to Nechako Valley 52-39 and Argyle 58-57.