The 2016-17 Mount Baker Junior Girls basketball team. Back Row L to R: Dan Loewen (coach)

The 2016-17 Mount Baker Junior Girls basketball team. Back Row L to R: Dan Loewen (coach)

Wild Junior Girls take second place at Lethbridge basketball tournament

The MBSS Wild Junior Girls basketball team had a very successful performance at their away tournament this past weekend in Lethbridge.

The Mount Baker Secondary Wild Junior Girls basketball team had a very successful performance at their away tournament this past weekend in Lethbridge. The Wild came in second place and are looking sharp heading into next week’s tournament in Calgary at Bishop Grandin High School.

Game 1: Mount Baker Wild vs Chinook Coyotes (Lethbridge)

A fast start to the tournament, the girls broke out to a 15-10 lead in the first quarter. With energy coming from all the girls the lead grew 29-13 at half. With all cylinders firing especially on defence, their full court press stopped the opposition from scoring and turning the ball over. The girls found themselves up at the end of the third quarter by 20 (43-23). The fourth was much of the same and the girls won the opener against the hometown team 56-36.

Game 2: Mount Baker Wild vs Winston Churchill Griffins (Calgary)

The second game started slow but by second quarter the girls started getting their bearings running and gunning again and were up 42-28 at halftime. With the girls running away with the game with their outstanding full-court press and great outlets for the fast break, they found themselves up 71-45 at the end of 30 minutes. In the fourth quarter, the team slowed down as they backed off on the press, and worked on their offensive strategies. The Wild won 87-52.

Finals: Mount Baker Wild vs Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Clippers

The girls found themselves in the final against LCI from Lethbridge. Although they came out strong, they trailed 13-18 after the first quarter. With a couple starters in foul trouble early in the second and LCI hitting 90% of their shots, the Baker girls found themselves down 16-35 at half. The third quarter started strong and the team continued to battle hard with a no quit attitude but were still down 29-51in the third. The girls continued to fight in the final quarter but couldn’t overcome the 20 point deficit. They came away with their heads held high and walked away with a second place finish.

Recaps written by Corey Baker.