.

Totem 58: three-peat not in cards for Armada senior girls

A third Totem title wasn't in the cards for the Alberni District Secondary School Armada senior girls, who went 1-2 in tournament play



A clean sweep of Totem basketball championships wasn’t in the cards at Totem 58.

The Alberni District Secondary School senior girls went 1-2 in tournament play. They placed fifth, winning their last game 52-30 against the Mt. Doug Rams on Saturday at ADSS.

“It’s disappointing to end up on the other side of the ledger but that’s a credit to the other teams who beat us because we didn’t beat ourselves,” coach Al Seredick said. “Ballenas (tournament winners) only beat us by two points (53-51) so we were close.”

The Ballenas Whalers are the Totem 58 champions after beating GP Vanier in overtime in the first place game on Saturday.

Armada forward Tia Anderson scored 12 points against the Rams and was named to the tournament all star team.

The Rams were depleted losing three players to injury including stellar guard Carly Sangha, Armada co-coach Greg Freethy said. “They were competitive, scrappy and well coached,” Freethy said.

The team’s toughest game was a 63-58 loss to Parklands on Friday night, Seredick said.

Parklands established an inside game with three players over six-feet tall.The game was also rugged with team foul limits being reached early.

The Armada adjusted their defense, switching from a two-three zone to a box-and-one zone to man-to-man defense. Parklands guard Kristy Gallagher couldn’t be contained though, and went on to score 32 points in the game.

“They were never ahead by more than five points so our girls gave it back and didn’t back down,” Seredick said. “But fouls were our achilles heel.”

Anderson established herself in the post during the tournament, scoring an average of 11 points per game and keeping fouls to a minimum, Seredick said.

But if one player was to be singled out for consistent play it would be point guard Denae Edgard, Freethy said. “She runs the ball well, has good court vision, and makes players around her better. She’s a true point guard,” he said. “But our team is balanced. That’s what makes it hard to play against us and that’s why we’re always in it.”

Not three-peating was disappointing but there are lessons to be learned from adversity, Seredick said.

The team’s last game was in December and practice over the Christmas holidays was minimal.

Players looked sharp but team play was inconsistent. “We have to learn to execute better because it’s a one month push to the North Island and Island championships,” Freethy said. “We want to be our best in mid February.”

The Armada are 10-5 on the season. Their next league games are on Tuesday and Thursday.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Soapbox derby a success in uptown Port Alberni

Organizers say an adult racing category is coming for 2020

Alberni teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

Two Port Alberni teens are missing after their vehicle was found on… Continue reading

Watch the museum come to life with Our Town in Port Alberni

July 23 event takes place at Gyro Recreation Park

Alberni drag racers travel to Port McNeill for event on airport runway

More than 20 drag racers from the Alberni Valley travelled to Port… Continue reading

Learn the art of songwriting with musician John Pippus

Writing workshop, performance at Words on Fire highlight a trip to Alberni

Surrey court clerk files human rights complaint related to concussion

Deborah A. Ryane claims her employer discriminated against her on basis of mental disability

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

B.C. Ferries crew member’s medical emergency causes cancellations on Nanaimo route

One sailing from West Vancouver and one sailing from Nanaimo cancelled Monday

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Most Read