Ridge entered the tournament as the fourth seed from the Fraser Valley and 15th overall.

Rambler girls 9th at Grade 8 basketball provincials

Paige Johnson a tournament all-star.

Maple Ridge Ramblers finished ninth at the provincial Grade 8 girls’ basketball championships, held at Semiahmoo secondary on the weekend.

Ridge entered the tournament as the fourth seed from the Fraser Valley and 15th overall.

The Ramblers opened with a 50-28 loss to the second-seed, Seycove secondary from North Vancouver. Elizabeth Sinow led Ridge with 15 points.

The Ramblers then defeated seventh-seed W.A. Fraser from Abbotsford, 32-30 in triple-overtime.

Kiley Birnie was awarded player of the game, scoring the winning basket with four seconds left.

“This was a close defensive game with no team getting more than a four-point lead,” said Ridge head coach Don Herman.

Paige Johnson, a tournament all-star, led the Rams with 12 points.

Point guard Tiana Bikic was player of the game as Ridge next downed 11th-seed St. Michaels University School from Victoria.

“Tough team defense by the Ramblers led to a 31-19 win,” Herman said.

Johnson was top scorer with 14 points.

She had a team-high nine points and was player of the game as Ridge finished the provincials with a win over the eighth-seed, Surrey champion Fraser Heights.

“The Ramblers came out flying, making the first four shots of the game and led 12-0 after one quarter,” Herman added.”The always tough Rambler defense kept control of the speedy and led to a 38-17 win.”

Riley Morrison, a post, had 12 rebounds. Herman said she was the team’s most improved player for the season.

Team roster: Charis Wardrope, Kaiya LeFloch, Jayme Perry, Kylee Jarvis, Emily Jakeway, Kaitlyn Hetherington, Lola Sella Anna Robertson, Bikic, Johnson, Sinow, Birnie and Morrison.

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