For the 2nd straight year, and the 8th time since 1999, the York House Tigers are Sr. AA Girl’s Provincial Champions defeating the top ranked Britannia Bruins 76-56 in the BC Championship final Saturday night in Kamloops.
The Tigers entered the BC’s having lost the AA Lower Mainland final to Britannia 81-71 on February 25. The Tigers were without star point guard Cherub who suffered a shoulder injury on Feb. 5. But she was back in action this past week in Kamloops and the Tigers were firing on all cylinders as they swept the four games in Kamloops enroute to the title.
In game one, the Tigers beat the 15 seed Smithers. In game two, the North Central champions from Prince George went down. In the semi-final, the Tigers beat Vernon who had upset the Island Champions, Lambrick Park. The final was an all Lower Mainland affair pitting the Tigers against Britannia in a rematch of the AA LM final. The Tigers played Britannia five times this season taking home 4 wins.
While all the Tigers played great in Kamloops, three players were recognized by the tournament All-Star Committee. Grade 11 forwards Mira and Laura received All-star awards while Grade 11 guard, Alisha was named tournament MVP. Somehow the committee failed to recognize Grade 11 guard Cherub who was outstanding all week – but we all know how valuable she was and another Provincial title is far more important.
This Tigers team does not include a single graduating senior. The team wrapped up a season of 27 wins to just 2 losses which inlcude four wins in Las Vegas over the winter break and wins over many of the top 10 AAA teams. The Tigers have been to 14 staight BC Championships, to 10 straight Final Four appearances, 11 Final Four appearanced since 1999, 10 straight final game appearances and 8 championships, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze. An amazing run that led to The Province’s Howard Tsamura calling us “the most dominant program in all of BC high school basketball”.
Here is a link to the article in the Kamloops Daily News:
Tigers gain measure of revenge by beating Bruins
Link to an article in the Vancouver Courier:
Buoyed by Lum’s return, York House Tigers repeat as high school girls AA provincial champions