With only three practices under their saddles, the Immaculata High School Mustangs looked in mid-season form on the weekend at the George Elliot Coyotes Classic senior girls basketball tournament.
In a dominating performance, the No. 5-ranked 1A team in the province cruised to three lopsided victories, the final being an 85-33 decision over the 2A Clarence Fulton Maroons. Earlier, the Mustangs downed the 1A Charles Bloom Timber-wolves 102-12 and the 2A Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops 62-31.
Siobhan Fitzpatrick scored 14 points and Olivia Johnson was selected the team's player of the game in leading Immaculata in its win over Fulton. Emma Johnson and Erin Jacobs added 10 points apiece for the Mustangs, who platooned five players at a time.
Against Westsyde, Sarah Day and Jaedyn Penkala netted 14 point apiece, while Taya Scarbo, the player of the game, contributed eight.
Emma Johnson's 18 points paced Immaculata to its opening-game victory over Charles Bloom. Day, the player-of-the-game, and Fitzpatrick both scored 10 points.
Coach Dino Gini said that while the team still had a lot of work ahead of them in its bid for a provincial championship, "it was nice to get the girls on the court to see where their strengths were, and, of course, see what part of the game they needed to work on.
"It was nice start, but we'll need to make adjustments to continue to get better as a team."
Grade 9 Boys
An outstanding performance by Matt Lafontaine set the pace as the Dr. Knox Falcons defeated the host Kitsilano Demons 85-67 in final of a Grade 9 boys basketball tournament in Vancouver.
Lafontaine scored 50 points in the title match, while teammate Nav Sandhu was selected as the top defensive player and Davide Ciancio was named the hustle award winner.
On its way to a second consecutive tournament win this season, Dr. Knox defeated the R.C. Palmer Griffins of Richmond 75-72 and the Vancouver College Fighting Irish 61-38.
Parker Simson led the Falcons' scoring in the win over R.C. Palmer, while Jae Steinhauer was the top rebounder with 15. Lafontaine's 21 points led the Knox offence against Vancouver College. Tristan Bouchard recorded five steals to earn the defensive player of the game, while Matt Doricic was presented with the hustle award.
The Falcons opened the season by winning a tournament in Kamloops, defeating Pitt Meadows, Handsworth of North Vancouver and South Kamloops along the way.
This weekend, the Knox team travels to the Grade 9 Emerald tournament hosted by Vancouver College. The Falcons will meet St. Michael's University of Victoria in their first game.
Rounding out the team, which is coached by David Lafontaine and Dan Berheisel are Jorde Hitchens, Braxton Cardiff, Johnathan Landie, Jesse Lafontaine and Nic Carter.