When the top two senior girls Triple A basketball teams in B.C. go head-to-head, expect the result to come down to the wire.
Thatâ€™s exactly what went down Saturday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre, where the provincially No. 2-ranked Holy Cross Crusaders edged the top-ranked Brookswood Bobcats 69-66 in the Fraser Valley championship game.
The loss snapped the Bobcats 36-0 run against B.C. competition.
Holy Cross guard Alli Buck drained a 12-foot baseline jumper with six seconds remaining to cap a dramatic comeback by the Crusaders.
â€œWe played okay defence at times,â€ Bobcats head coach Neil Brown said. â€œThe score was respectable.â€
One of the key differences was the fact that the Crusaders from Surrey owned the ball under the Bobcatsâ€™ basket.
They pulled down 22 offensive rebounds compared to the Bobcatsâ€™ eight.
The teams were tied 29-29 at the halftime break, and the Bobcats looked poised to win in the fourth quarter.
Then they saw a 60-48 lead slip away.
The Crusaders closed out the game on a 21-6 run, holding the Bobcats pointless over the final 3:26 of the contest.
â€œWe had a lead late in the game and let it slide,â€ Brown said.
Aislinn Konig led the Bobcats with 22 points in a losing effort, while Jessie Brown added 16.
â€œJessie and Tayla Jackson were in foul trouble throughout the game,â€ Brown noted, adding that, â€œHC [Holy Cross] is a huge team. They bring a 6â€™2â€ kid off the bench that signed with SFU Div. 2.â€
The Bobcats are now gearing up for the 16-team B.C. championships taking March 5-8 at the LEC.
â€œHopefully this is a wake-up call for us and we can get back to basics over the next 10 days,â€ Brown said.
The Bobcats earned a spot in the Fraser Valley final by outscoring Abbotsfordâ€™s W.J. Mouat Hawks 94-77 in Fridayâ€™s semifinal.
Jessie Brown had monster game against the Hawks. Her 42 points, that included 10 three-pointers, accounted for nearly half of her teamâ€™s offensive totals.
Konig also had a strong outing, offensively, with 20 points.
Konig, Brown and Jackson were named to the Fraser Valley all-star team.
Howard Tsumura is a reporter with the Vancouver Province. Read more Vancouver Province stories here.