Four West Shore residents continued their high-level basketball development last weekend in Langley at the Basketball B.C. under-14 girls championships.
Lauren Awalt, Hannah Cormode, Gracie May and Zoe Lott played for Team South Island, which reeled off three straight wins before losing the final 56-48 to Fraser Valley North on Sunday at the Langley Events Centre.
Based on their performance at the tournament, Awalt, Cormode and May, who play for the Westshore Warriors in the Victoria and District Amateur Basketball Association’s night league, were among five South Island team members invited to try out for the U14 provincial team today (May 29) through Sunday.
Dunsmuir Grade 8 students Awalt and Cormode were part of that school’s team which won the city championship last December and finished seventh at the provincial Grade 8 tournament in March, while May attends Spencer middle school. Lott goes to St. Michaels University School, which is also well known for its basketball programs.
It was Awalt’s third straight year playing for Team South Island at the U14 provincials, while May was also on the team last year, when it won the championship.
The other games saw the Island squad open with a 46-24 win over Whistler/Squamish, beat Surrey/White Rock 49-36 in the quarter-finals and North Shore 50-34 in the semifinals.