It was a tournament within a tournament that certainly featured the best rivalry in Richmond Senior Girls Basketball this season.
The Hugh Boyd Trojans held off the RC Palmer Griffins 57-46 to secure third place at the Richmond Senior Girls Basketball Championships. Both teams head to next week’s inaugural South Fraser 2A Championships at Southridge in South Surrey. They will be joined by the MacNeill Ravens and Richmond Christian Eagles.
While the McMath Wildcats and Steveston-London Sharks were kept out of regular season play in Richmond for competitive reasons, the Trojans and Griffins proved to be the class of the remaining teams. They finished 8-0 and 7-1 respectively with the Trojans winning the lone head-to-head battle last month, 65-39.
The rematch proved to be much closer with Griffins hanging around for much of the game.
They were within six points midway through the fourth quarter until a Boyd closed out the game on a 7-2 run to seal the victory.
Playoff all-star Christina Sofikitis was terrific for Boyd with 26 points. League all-star Raquel Jakac added 12 and Alice Liu eight.
Mary Win led the host Griffins with 20 points. League and playoff all-star Rana Ghadymimahani had 11.
Both teams are to be commended for the development of their players despite having small talent pools to draw from among girls in Grades 11 and 12 at their schools. The Trojans actually have a number of aged up Grade 10s with a bright future ahead of them.
Here are the individual league and playoff all-stars:
Richmond League All-Stars
Raquel Jakac (Boyd), Davian Tsang (Burnett), Aleena Saqib (Cambie), Ashley Grewal (McNair), Amy Leung (MacNeill), Liz Kennedy (McMath), Rana Ghadymimahani (Palmer), Jenise Lo (Richmond High), Aimee Buhr (Richmond Christian), Sharlene Siy (Steveston-London).
Richmond Championship All-Stars
Theresa Lu (Richmond High), Christina Sofikitis (Boyd), Rana Ghadymimahani (Palmer), Mina Chung (Steveston-London), Shir Dayan (Steveston-London), Caitlin Kippan (McMath), Marina Radocaj (McMath).
Richmond MVP: Liz Kennedy (McMath).