Alberni Armada’s Bree Anderson goes for a basket during a senior girls’ basketball game at ADSS’ Totem 63 in January. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Armada senior girls win first contest at AA Island championships

Hoops team faces SMU in game this evening at Mark Isfeld in Courtenay

The ADSS Armada senior girls’ basketball team has won its first game at the AA senior girls’ Island championships in Courtenay.

The Armada beat Lambrick Park 50–47. “They actually beat us in the Totem final, so that was some redemption,” coach Ryan Broekhuizen said. The Island championships are being held at Mark Isfeld Secondary in Courtenay.

Alberni was up by 10 in the fourth quarter and Lambrick Park came back to lead the game by a single point with just over a minute left in the game. “Kylie Scott had a basket and a foul and put us up by two points. Abby (Broekhuizen) made a big free throw to put us up by three,” coach Broekhuizen said.

“We got a steal and game over.”

Abby Broekhuizen—Alberni’s rookie of the year—collected 15 points in a solid offensive showing for the Armada.

“(Lambrick Park) had to change their defensive scheme because they were keying on our point guard Memphis Dick and Bree Anderson in the post. Abby came out shooting and they had to change their strategy,” said coach Bruekhuizen—also Abby’s father.

“We were very composed and were able to beat their pressure defence, which we’ve had trouble with all year, so it’s nice to see that coming together at this time of year.”

Friday the Armada girls play No. 1 ranked St. Michael’s University (SMU) from Victoria. If they win that game, they will earn a berth into the provincial championships Feb. 28–March 3 at the Langley Events Centre.

“I don’t know if it’s been done (at ADSS), but if it hasn’t it’s been a long, long time.”

editor@albernivalleynews.com

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