HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS ROUNDUP: Riverside takes revenge on Ramblers

Maple Ridge goaltender Jenn Gilligan, a  sophomore player with the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, was honoured as the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for January, the conference announced on Tuesday. - Colleen Flanagan
Maple Ridge goaltender Jenn Gilligan, a sophomore player with the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team, was honoured as the Hockey East Goaltender of the Month for January, the conference announced on Tuesday.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan

In a meeting of two of the province’s top-10 triple A girls basketball teams, the Maple Ridge Ramblers senior girls lost a tight game against Riverside Rapids 75-73 on Tuesday night.

The locals are ranked seventh in B.C., while their Port Coquitlam opponent is 10th. Riverside came back in the fourth quarter, avenging two losses to the Ramblers earlier this season.

Kolbie Orum again led the Ramblers in scoring, as she shot 68 per cent and put up 28 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks.

Kirby Marchand and Shara Marchand each scored 11 points, Devan Cousins hit double digits with 10, and Jane Grisley scored nine points to go with eight rebounds.

The loss gives the Ramblers a 7-2 record in league and 21-7 overall.

The Ramblers are now playing three road games, before entering the Fraser Valley regional tournament Feb. 18-19.


Falling behind

Slow starts have been the undoing of the Ramblers senior boys lately.

Last Tuesday they were behind 20-0 after the first quarter against Walnut Grove, and lost the game 72-37.

Last Thursday they took on league rivals MEI of Abbotsford at home and were undone by a 22-13 first quarter, followed by a 14-3 second stanza. The final score was 66-55 for MEI.

Senior guard Pavel Niemirski led the scoring with 21, Amit Rakhra had 14 and Ethan Coumont 12 points.

Saturday, in a non-conference game, the Rams again were left in the starters blocks, while Centennial ran out to a 14-2 lead. That was the difference in a 56-44 loss. Niemirski scored 11, while Isaac Halas had eight points and seven recoveries.

The Ramblers host the Terry Fox Ravens tonight at 7:30 p.m.


At Emerald Tournament

The Pitt Meadows Marauders senior boys won one of their three games at the tough Emerald Tournament, played out at Vancouver College on Friday and Saturday.

The tourney featured several of the top triple A teams in the province, and Pitt started the tournament with a loss to the Kelowna Owls (ranked seventh) by a score of 64-57.

The Marauders followed that up with a victory over the Saint Michael’s University Blue Jags team from Victoria by a 73-56 margin.

Then it was back to the ranked teams, and a 83-62 loss to the Oak Bay Bays (sixth) on Saturday.

Pitt presently merits an honourable mention in the provincial rankings.

In the tournament final, White Rock Christian (second) beat Walnut Grove (third) by a score of 75-70.

The Marauders are at Port Moody tonight at 7:30 p.m., Gleneagle on Saturday, and their next home game will be Tuesday, w hen they host Heritage Woods of Coquitlam at 7:30 p.m.


Tournament champs

With a win over a cross-town rival and tournament gold, Samuel Robertson Technical’s junior girls basketball squad is on a roll.

The SRT girls played their most intense game of the season last Thursday against Maple Ridge secondary.

SRT, down by 11 points to start the fourth quarter, fought their way back by outscoring Ridge 14-3, sending the game into overtime. SRT held MRSS pointless in the extra time and made some key foul shots to pull off the victory.

The Titans carried the momentum into their own Titan Classic Tournament, and started off with a win over Pacific Academy 49-9.

The Titans ran into a very tough game against a great team, Dr. Knox from Kelowna.  The locals started slow but worked their way back into the game in the fourth quarter.  Annie LeClair was fouled and sent to the foul line with 6.4 seconds on the clock, and the game tied at 40-40. Annie sank both free throws to win the game for SRT.

The Titans finished the tournament with a 25-point victory over Delta to take the championship.

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