Raylene Husa of the Desert Sands Community School senior girls' Rams team takes a free throw in a game against the Princeton Rebels last weekend.

Raylene Husa of the Desert Sands Community School senior girls' Rams team takes a free throw in a game against the Princeton Rebels last weekend.

Ashcroft senior girls’ basketball team puts in an intense effort

They played strongly throughout their home tournament last weekend.

The senior girls’ basketball team of Desert Sands Community School (DSCS) in Ashcroft advanced to the final of their home tournament last weekend, and finished in second place, falling to St. Ann’s Academy of Kamloops.

The team won their first game against the Merritt Panthers, with DSCS player Hayley Schroeder named the game’s all-star. They then dominated a tough Princeton Rebels team, with another DSCS student—Cody Dunbar—taking the all-star honours.

The DSCS junior girls’ basketball team was pressed into service at the tournament at the last minute, to replace the Pender Harbour team that had to drop out due to the weather conditions. The junior team played solid defence, and held their own in a game against the St. Ann’s Crusaders team that ended up in the final.

The intense final saw St. Ann’s fighting off a last minute surge by the Ashcroft Rams to secure the win by a four-point margin. Hayley Schroeder was named the tournament all-star.

The final placing was St. Ann’s Crusaders (first), DSCS Rams (second), Pemberton Red Devils (third), Merritt Panthers (fourth), Princeton Rebels (fifth), and Osoyoos Rattlers (sixth).