AAA Island hoops championsips day one: Oak Bay downs Alberni

The Armada senior girls were game against the Oak Bay Breakers, but in the end the Breakers age, experience and deep bench sealed their 72-51 win.

Armada guard Paige Hansen

Armada guard Paige Hansen

The Armada senior girls held their own for the first quarter of their game against the Oak Bay Breakers and then Oak Bay opened it up.

The Armada lost their opening game of the AAA Island championships to the Breakers 72-51.

The Armada’s Leah Hudson led Armada scorers with 23 points. Forward Jamie Oliver chipped in eight points of her own.

Jill Cooper led the Breakers with 14 points while teammate Linden Turner drained 15 of her own.

Leah Hudson opened scoring for the Armada, who led for most of the first quarter of play.

The Breakers pulled ahead 11-10 at the four minute mark, then dropped two foul shots to inch further ahead 13-11.

Armada Forward Nicole Irg tied the score 18-18 in the second quarter but that’s as close as they came.

The Breakers employed a full court press defense that crippled the Armada with turnovers and fouls.

Oliver had five fouls by game’s end, Irg had four fouls and Hudson three.

Danielle Lessard also drew four fouls and Darion Alaire four.

Armada head coach Greg Freethy sub’d in players including juniors picked up for the championship run, but they were overmatched by the Breakers predominantly Grade 11 bench.

The Breakers were up 39-24 at the half and didn’t look back.

They led 62-35 at the end of three and finished the game 72-51.

On Friday, the Armada face Dover Bay, who lost their opening game to Spectrum 68-45.

Oak Bay meanwhile will play Spectrum.

Friday’s games will see Claremont will face Stelly’s while Vanier plays Ballenas.

In other games on day one, Claremont beat GP Vanier and Stelly’s downed Ballenas.