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Senior Girls Hoops Get Going

23 January 2023
Jensa NG, Mack ‘23
A beautiful, green, oceanfront campus in a temperate rainforest actually comes with its downsides. Winter term means grey mornings, grey afternoons, and rainy days, so the big question is … “What do Brentwood students do when they're feeling a little grey?”

The obvious answer is to head over to The Eldon and Anne Foote Centre to support the Senior Girls’ Basketball team doing their best at the Clyde Ogilvie Tournament.

This past weekend the gang made their way down to Victoria to participate in the annual Police Tournament. The girls tipped off the tournament on Thursday afternoon with a game against AAA provincially-ranked Clayton Heights. After a slight transit hiccup, leading to the team departing Brentwood 45 minutes behind schedule, our warm-up was efficient with only 15 minutes to squeeze in dynamic baseline curls, 5-star passing, single-double-triple, and layup lines - a challenge for sure, but one the team overcame - and perhaps some foreshadowing for what was to come.

Right from the tip-off the team came out strong. Miranda NP, Sylvia E, Ruby M, Peyton H, and Jensa NG hit the ground running (or sprinting to be more precise).

It was a tight game, with both teams leading by up to 8 points at times - but in the third quarter Brentwood managed to pull away with help from Miranda NP and Jensa NG's double-digit performances - the game ended 62-49 for the girls in red and white.

Up next, on Friday afternoon, Brentwood faced a tough AAAA Claremont Spartans in the semi-finals. The game started off tight, but after two starters entered foul trouble (3 each) in the second quarter, the game began to slip beyond our grasp. However, Head of School Bud Patel would be happy to know that grit was persistent throughout the entire game.

The team set themselves up for the final game of the tournament and hopefully, what will end up being a preview of the AA Island Championship Finals a month from now against Pacific Christian. Despite 25 points from Miranda, 14 from Jensa, 6 from Ruby and 8 from Grade 8 Kionah W, the game slipped through our grasp as once again we contended with foul trouble.

So what should you take away from this article?
1.    Brentwood held its own against some of the top AAA and AAAA teams in the province.
2.    We need to figure out the whole “don’t foul” thing
3.    COME SUPPORT THE SR GIRLS AT HOME! We’ll let you know when our next home game is.

Fire me up Brentwood! See you all there!

Jensa NG, Mack ‘23

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