The Maple Ridge Ramblers defeated Fleetwood 39-31 Saturday to finish fifth at the Fraser Valley playoffs and qualify for the B.C. senior girls’ AAA basketball championships.
“Great defensive performance once again,” said Ramblers head coach Don Herman.
Ridge led 19-13 at the half, then edged Fleetwood 19-18 in the second.
Jane Grisley and Kate Head were both selected to the Fraser Valley all-star teams at the regional playoffs, held at Gleneagle secondary, while the Ramblers earned the spirit award.
Grisley, who has accepted a full scholarship to Seattle Pacific University, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks against Fleetwood.
Head had nine points and five steals.
Ridge edged Charles Best 50-35 on Friday.
Grisley had 17 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Head had nine points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Paige Bell added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Liz Murphy had 10 points and seven boards.
Thursday, the Ramblers downed the Yale Lions 61-37.
Grisley had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Head collected 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Bell added 11 points.
“We had a slow start as the girls played very nervously in the first half,” Herman said. “This was an elimination game which had us a little out of focus.”
They got it back and will now play at the provincials, March 3-6 at the Langley Events Centre.
Sr. boys ousted at Fraser Valleys
The Maple Ridge Ramblers could keep up with Rick Hansen secondary in the second half and were eliminated fro the Fraser Valley AAA senior boys’ basketball championships on Friday.
The Ramblers trailed 33-29 at halftime, and were then outscored 28-17 over the final two quarters.
Ridge head coach Ken Dockendorf said Rick Hansen is a “very talented offensive team.”
Tristan Coumont led the Rams with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Williams had 12 points and six boards.
Coumont had 10 rebounds and Williams grabbed eight in a 55-24 loss to Brookswood on Wednesday.
Ridge, facing elimination in the double-knockout format, rebounded Thursday with a 57-41 win over the Westview Wildcats.
“A very good defensive effort from the Ramblers limited Westview to 10 points per quarter,” Dockendorf said.
Counmont had 20 points and 10 boards, while Isaac Halas recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Solk had 12 points, while Williams added 10.