The defending B.C. Triple A senior girls basketball champs – and the top-ranked team in the province – wouldn’t be denied in the Fraser Valley final.
The Brookswood Bobcats rolled to an 83-52 win over Cloverdale’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in the Fraser Valley championship game, played Saturday at Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary.
The Bobcats had a huge 19-point lead at the half and cruised to victory after the break.
“This was the third time we played Lord Tweedsmuir and was the first time we got out early and got a big lead,” said Bobcats head coach Neil Brown.
Leading Brookswood’s offence was Aislinn Konig with 32 points, Louise Forsyth with 19, Brooklyn Golt with 14, and Julia Marshall with 13.
“This was also the first time that scoring was spread out over four players,” Brown said.
The Bobcats have fared well in the Fraser Valley zone, which Brown describes as “the toughest league in B.C.”
The numbers back this claim up: over the past 16 years, 12 Fraser Valley Triple A senior girls squads have won the B.C. title.
Defence has been the key to the ’Cats’ success all season. “Our team defence was awesome,” Brown said. “We only allowed 35.6 points per game against three teams that are ranked in the top 10 provincially. We call Julia Marshall, Mana Katori and Tavia Jasper the ‘Killer Ds.’”
Brown said Brookswood’s defensive stalwarts “ruined the weekend for some of the top players in the province.”
He also lauded the play of Grade 10 centre Brooklyn Golt.
“She is the most improved player in one year that I have ever coached,” Brown said. “We should nickname her ‘Windex’ because she cleaned the boards all weekend long.”
Brown pointed out that Konig “was her usual self, dominating,” and won Fraser Valley tournament MVP, while Forsyth earned a first all star selection.
“Lou can score with the best,” Brown said.
Heading into the final, the Bobcats downed host Riverside 63-27, and defeated Abbotsford’s MEI Eagles 94-27.
“[I’m] very proud of this young team who have learned what goes into a winning program.,” Brown said. “Their commitment level is unquestionable.”