Royal Bay set to host Island jr. girls b-ball in Colwood

First game for home team goes Friday at 11:30 a.m.

The host Royal Bay Ravens enter this weekend’s Island junior girls basketball championships as the top seed from the south, after capturing the city title last week.

The Ravens, ranked No. 13 in B.C. back on Feb. 7 – tops among Island teams – open the tournament today (Feb. 19) at 11:30 a.m. at their school against Dover Bay from Nanaimo.

Royal Bay is coming off a 39-34 victory over Claremont in the city final at Central middle school. The Ravens led by six points at halftime and never trailed after that. Lauren Awalt was selected tournament MVP afterward, while teammate Hannah Cormode was named to the all-star team.

The semifinals earlier in the week featured an all-West Shore matchup, but Royal Bay was in control the whole way, beating Belmont 45-16.

The Island tournament runs all day today at three schools, with the semifinals set for 5 and 6:30 p.m. at Royal Bay. The final goes at 2 p.m. there on Saturday, with both finalists advancing to the B.C. championships, March 2 to 5 in Langley.

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