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NPSS to host Senior basketball zones

Best-of-three tournament this weekend
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NPSS Grizzlies' Meghan Stobbe goes for a lay up during the 3rd quarter of a playoff game against Prince George Feb. 19, 2022.

Update: 

The North Peace Secondary senior girls have advanced to the AAAA high school basketball provincial championships.

The Grizzlies beat the Prince George Secondary Polars 72-57 Friday night, following that up with a narrow 80-77 win Saturday morning to take the best-of-three two games to none.

NPSS will represent the North Central zone Mar. 2-5 in Langley.

Grizzlies' Sophia De Torres called it "amazing" when asked how she felt going to provincials.

"It's always been our goal," said the tournament MVP. "It was great to play it off."

De Torres admits it's even more exciting since this will be her first provincials.

Head coach Jaclyn McNichol  believes her team is full value for the back-to-back weekend wins and right to represent the zone.

"I know this is something that they've wanted, said McNichol. "The Grade 12's since grade 10 (with no season last year)...they've all practiced really hard."

McNichol described it as a high level tournament.

"We're going to have to play a hard defence and focus on our game rather than focus on what everyone else is doing."

 


 

North Peace Secondary will play host to the Senior boys and girls zone championships against Prince George Secondary this weekend.

In both cases, it'll be a best-of-three, with the winner to represent the zone in the upcoming provincials in March.

Senior boys head coach Ryan Galay believes his team is ready "after a hard lesson last weekend in Grande Prairie."

The Grizzlies have yet to play PGSS this season.

 "I've heard they're big inside. They've got two guys that are 6'4 and 6'5, but that's okay, we are too." said Galay, on sizing up the opposition. "Not a strong perimeter team but strong inside, so going to need to close the inside."

Senior girls coach Jaclyn McNichol, meantime, says her squad knows their competition a bit better than the boys, having played them already once this season.

"I would say we have a strong defense and a good ability to read where the ball is going," said McNichol, who will rely a great deal on her six Grade 12 students. "I believe we have a strong core compared to past years."

Unlike the junior girls championship last weekend, where there were no spectators allowed, new easings of restrictions will allow for 50-percent capacity, however, masks are required.


Schedule:  Best-of-3

FRI. 5pm (Girls) - NPSS (home) vs. PGSS (away)

FRI. 7pm (Boys) - NPSS (home) vs. PGSS (away)

SAT. 9am (Girls) - PGSS (home) vs. NPSS (away)

SAT. 11am (Boys) - PGSS (home) vs. NPSS (away)

SAT. 1pm (Girls) - NPSS (home) vs. PGSS (away)   *only, if necessary

SAT. 3pm (Boys) - NPSS (home) vs. PGSS (away)   *only, if necessary