The Porter Creek Rams don’t scare easy. They remain unflappable even when trailing for three quarters of play.
After playing catch-up for most of the game, the Rams snuck ahead in the fourth to defeat the F.H. Collins Warriors 52-47 in the senior girls Super Hoops final on Tuesday at Porter Creek Secondary School.
“My ladies are really good at maintaining, so even when we are down they hold the fort and keep their spirits high,” said Rams head coach Nicole Cross. “They give their best effort regardless, that’s what makes them a great team.”
Down 27-19 to start the second half, the Rams went on an eight-point run to catch the Warriors at 29-29 on an offensive rebound and basket by Kennedy Cairns.
The Rams finally took the lead at 41-40 early in the fourth on a basket by Kennedy, assisted with a bounce pass from Line Jensen. Jensen then picked up a loose ball and ran it down court to make it 43-40. Porter Creek’s Kataya Ulrich then sunk a jumper to expand the lead to five and there was no turning back.
Kennedy controlled the boards, led her team with 16 points in the final and was named league MVP.
“She’s always good at the rebounds and gets her shots in,” said Rams All-Star Emily Mervyn. “She just tries hard. She’s tall, so that helps.”
“Kennedy is a leader on the court,” said Cross. “She’ll play anywhere you ask her to play and she’ll play to her full max potential every time.”
Rams All-Star Thea Carey put 14 on the board and Ulrich eight, including her team’s final five of the game.
Warriors All-Star Jayden Demchuk led her team with 15 and teammate Jetta Bilsky, who was also named an All-Star, had 14 in the final.
The Rams earned a bye into the Whitehorse senior high school final with a 3-1 regular season record. The Warriors reached the final with a 73-33 semifinal win over third place’s Vanier Crusaders on Monday.
“They are the hardest team to play, so it’s a really tight match when we play them,” added Mervyn of the Warriors. “It’s really good to know we won this game.”
Crusaders Mary-Anne Portea and Jane Lyon were also named All-Stars.
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