Experience counts for a lot for Queen of Angels

The Queen of Angels girls
The Queen of Angels girls' basketball team with coach Ciaran McLaverty.
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The Queen of Angels Grade 9 girls' basketball team had a great experience playing at the provincials, according to coach Ciaran McLaverty.

"Most of the girls had the opportunity to play their second consecutive provincial tournament this time around, and a large number of them will also go on to play at Cowichan Secondary and Gulf Islands next season in the junior or possibly senior programs,'' he added. "It has been a terrific season for Queen of Angels basketball.''

The team opened provincial tournament play at the Richmond Oval against No. 2 seed Lord Tweedsmuir from Surrey and had a tough start but played well in the second half, holding the scoring edge for most of it in the eventual loss. Maddie Mahon was selected player of the game.

The second match against Winston Churchill from Vancouver was also characterized by a poor start, but with an excellent second half when Queen of Angels had the scoring advantage but the final result was another loss. Mackenzie Cleaves was recognized as player of the game.

Chilliwack Middle School was the opponent in the third game and Queen of Angels stayed close, but fell 38-29. Isabelle Spiess received player of the game honours.

The last tournament game was a thriller against Windermere of Vancouver. Queen of Angels led from the start but fell behind in the fourth quarter and made it close again in a 44-41 decision.

Queen of Angels missed a three-pointer with two seconds left.

Joelle Antufeaff, a Grade 8 student returning next year, was player of the game.

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