It took 12 years for a Richmond school to return to the B.C. "AAA" Girls Basketball Championships. The wait for the next team maybe far less if a talented group at McMath secondary continues its progress.
The Wildcats have advanced to next week's provincial junior girls tournament in Langley by placing second at the Lower Mainland Championships. What makes the feat even more impressive was this is entirely a Grade 9 team.
After winning the Richmond junior championship, the girls moved onto to Little Flower Academy (LFA) where they opened the tournament with a 54-26 victory over Magee. The Wildcats then dropped a 44-25 decision to LFA before rebounding with wins over Argyle (55-38) and Seycove (43-25) on Saturday to clinch a B.C. berth.
The team includes: Justine McCaskill, Bonnie Leung, Claire Reynolds, Claire Siqueira, Kyra Loat, Mikayla Weissler, Jessica Jones, Jessica Zawada, Hannah Partridge, Ellie Reid, Carmen Milne, Montana Leonard, Ali Burns, Julia Wilson, Denise Su and Jessica Folk.
The girls are coached by Nathan Kishi, Anne Gillrie-Carre and Brandon Brock.