The top two senior girls Triple A basketball teams in B.C. clashed Saturday in the Fraser Valley final.
In the showdown of high school hoops heavies at Abbotsford's W.J. Mouat Secondary, the Riverside Rapids beat the Brookswood Bobcats 55-42 to win the Valley title.
"The game was very physical and we just did not answer the bell enough times," Brookswood coach Neil Brown said. "Riverside is a very experienced team made up of mostly Grade 12 players. When push came to shove, they did the shoving.
Grade 11 guard Syd Williams led the 'Cats in scoring with 15 points while hauling down eight rebounds.
Williams has just started playing again after six weeks off with a stress fracture. She was named player of the game.
"Having her back means a lot to this team," Brown said.
Grade 12 post Tayla Jackson played well, scoring nine points and adding 18 rebounds.
The game was a measure of revenge for the Rapids, who lost 73-67 to the 'Cats when the teams last met Jan. 17.
Brookswood Grade 10 guard Jessie Brown and Grade 12 guard Luca Schmidt both made the Fraser Valley tournament first all-star team.
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In the Fraser Valley semifinal Friday at Mouat, the 'Cats beat Abbotsford's Yale Lions 74-52.
Brown led Brookswood's offence with 31 points, hitting seven three-point shots in the process.
Schmidt added 15 points, making seven of 10 shot attempts. She also added 10 rebounds.
Brown was the 'Cats' player of the game.
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The 'Cats have a week off to prepare for the provincial championships.
"We will go in as the number-tworanked team," Brown said.
The Triple A girls' provincials take place March 7-10 at North Vancouver's Capilano University, and features the top 16 teams from across B.C.
This will be the last B.C. tourney at Capilano before the event moves to the Langley Events Centre in 2013.
GATORS LOSE TO RAMBLERS
In their lone Fraser Valley playoff game, the Walnut Grove Gators lost 67-42 to the Maple Ridge Ramblers Thursday night at W.J. Mouat.