T-Bird girls take a determined run at Vanier

Chelsea Dunaway of Cowichan drives around Kendra Lee of Vanier Thursday at Cowichan Secondary School. Vanier won 60-52. - Andrew Leong
Chelsea Dunaway of Cowichan drives around Kendra Lee of Vanier Thursday at Cowichan Secondary School. Vanier won 60-52.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Cowichan Secondary School's senior girls' basketball team returned from the Christmas break full of vim and vigor.

Cowichan went up against Frances Kelsey last Tuesday and won handily 83-23.

"The Kelsey girls, as it turns out, were folding after the game as they are having trouble fielding a team so everyone on our team played with some of the non-starters getting significant floor time,'' noted Jim Nugent, co-coach of the Cowichan team with Michelle Keserich.

Katie Porter was the leading scorer with 22 points and Allie White chipped in 16. Strong defensive performances were turned in by Sam Jory and Chelsea Dunaway.

Cowichan also played well in a tighter game at Cowichan Secondary School Thursday, but lost a close 60-52 decision to Vanier.

Vanier jumped into a 13-point lead early but Cowichan closed the gap to four by halftime. The T-Birds inched ahead at one stage of the second half, but Vanier still clung to the four-point lead after the third quarter.

"In the fourth, we started to get tired and just could not get our shots to fall,'' noted Nugent. "The girls hung in to the very end, impressing everyone including the Vanier coach.

"Michelle and I are very proud of the girls and impressed with the effort they are putting forth in playing and trying to understand the game.''

White led the way in the team effort by Cowichan with 19 points along with numerous blocks and rebounds. Porter netted 17 points and contributed several key assists.

The T-Birds are at home Thursday at 5 p.m. against Port Alberni after playing in Campbell River against Carihi Tuesday.

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