Women’s basketball seals a provincial seat

By Courtnie Martin, Sports Reporter

With the up-and-down tumble season the women’s basketball team has had, it came down to the final game against Langara College Falcons to secure a provincial berth. Sitting in fifth place, the Royals had to beat the Falcons to be guaranteed a seat. Since Langara had defeated the Royals in two games earlier in the season, it would by no means be an easy game.

The Royals came out strongly, holding the Falcons to nine points for nearly 16 minutes. But while the Royals’ inside-out game was strong, by half Douglas was up just eight points and the Falcons had an opportunity to stay in the game.

Fortunately for Douglas, the second half looked very similar. The Royals maintained their lead but slowly snuck away on the scoreboard. Douglas won the rebounding battle and shot an exceptional 90.9 per cent from the free-throw line while limiting their turnovers to just 11 for the game. The hard work would pay off with a 64-45 win. Strong contributors included Shanice Fuoco-Guy with 10 points and nine rebounds, Chloe Kennedy with 10 points, Nanaya Miki with 11 points, and many of their teammates trailing closely behind with eight and six points.

“I thought we held a solid lead the entire game, which is much better than we’ve done against them in the past. We were determined to make a provincial berth, especially knowing we were hosting, and that is exactly what we did,” said Amber Beasley.

Douglas will be hosting provincials and their first match up will be February 27 against Capilano University.