Ramblers girls place 10th in province

Disappointing start to tourney quickly dashes any hope of provincial title.

Maple Ridge Rambler Kate Head works against a Kelowna player at the provincial championships in Langley.

Maple Ridge Rambler Kate Head works against a Kelowna player at the provincial championships in Langley.

The Maple Ridge Ramblers finished 10th at the  B.C. seniors girls’ AAA basketball championships, winning two of four games in 16-team tournament, held at the Langley Events Centre.

A disappointing start dashed all hope of a B.C. title, as Kelowna beat Maple Ridge by a score of 47-36 in their tournament opener on Wednesday night.

Jane Grisley led the scoring with 14 points and had 12 rebounds, six blocked shots and six assists. Kate Head had 13 points and four steals.

On Thursday, the Ramblers beat North Peace by a score of 79-32, as Grisley scored 26 with nine rebounds, and Kate Head had 18 points.

Then Ridge beat Claremont 43-42 in an eventful game. They lost their leading scorer, Grisley, to injury. She jumped up for a ball and came down on an opposing player’s leg, wrenching her knee in the fall.

With her sidelined, Ridge had to battle back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to earn the win.

Head scored 11 with eight assists, and Paige Bell had nine rebounds and eight points.

Saturday they lost to the Handsworth Royals 61-46, with Grisley out of the lineup.

Head had 19 points, and Kate Meredith had nine points and seven rebounds.

Head had 61 points in the tournament, for an average of 15.2 per game, which was good for 13th in tournament scoring.

“Kate Head was our player of the game in all four games,” said coach Don Herman. “She was outstanding.”

The grad will go on to play in the CIS, with the UFV Cascades in Abbotsford.

Grisley will go on to Seattle Pacific University on a full-ride scholarship to play NCAA basketball. Despite her injury, she led the tournament with eight blocks.

Paige Bell was a leading rebounder with 27 in four games, and the Grade 9 will be part of a talented but young team next season.

Brookswood beat Mouat in the final 60-48