Armada senior girls tune up for Victoria tourney

The Armada senior girls hoops team tuned up for the Victoria Christmas classic by beating the GP Vanier Towees 61-40 at home on Wednesday.

Armada guard Danielle Lessard chases down a loose ball against a GP Vanier Towees player in a game on Wednesday night at ADSS. The Armada won 61-40.

Armada guard Danielle Lessard chases down a loose ball against a GP Vanier Towees player in a game on Wednesday night at ADSS. The Armada won 61-40.

The Alberni District Secondary School Armada senior girls basketball team is on a roll after beating the GP Vanier Towees 61-40 at home on Wednesday.

Danielle Lessard lead Armada scorers with 18 points while Leah Hudson and Jami Oliver chipped in 15 and 14 points respectively.

Towee mainstay Kendra Lee drained 21 points, 15 of them from three-point land.

The Armada size made the difference in the win, head coach Greg Freethy said. “We went inside on them a lot and got points from there.”

The game may have been a win but the Armada eased off, got complacent and made careless passes which resulted in turnovers.

“The girls got away from their game and started playing that playground stuff,” Freethy said. “They didn’t play offence the way I know they can.”

The team needs to shore up because Vanier was hobbled with missing three Grade 12 players who had a previous commitment. “They’ll be stronger when those players are back,” Freethy said.

And the Armada needs to be squared away before this weekend when they play in Victoria’s  Christmas Classic basketball tournament.

Their first game is against the No. 3 ranked Brookswood Bobcats of Langley on Friday night. “They’ll be all over us from the opening tip off and we’re going to have to play up to our best level for every minute,” Freethy said. “It’s going to be a test.”

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