The Cedars Christian Eagles are off to the semifinal at the B.C. single-A high school girls championship after a 69-62 win over the Kelowna Christian Knights.
It was closer than it should've been for the Eagles on Thursday morning at the Northern Sport Centre after the hosts, and top-seeded squad, took a 21-4 advantage into the second quarter but watched it fritter away to 30-28 at the half.
"It kind of got a little scary," said Eagles' post Kristin Anton, who dropped 12 points in the win.
In the semifinal Friday, 7 p.m., the Eagles will face the Princeton Rebels for a spot in the gold-medal game. The Rebels beat the Langley Christian Lightning 63-49 to earn their ticket.
Cedars has won the silver medal the last two consecutive seasons at the provincial tournament.
For more on the Eagles' victory see Friday's print edition of the Citizen.
In triple-A girls basketball action the PGSS Polars pulled off the biggest upset of the provincial tournament so far Thursday when they beat the eighth-seed MEI Eagles 80-55.
Mavia Nijjer led the Polars to the win with 25 points while Issy Bourque tallied 16. The Polars, ranked 15th at the provincial tournament, outscored MEI 32-13 in the second quarter.
In their opening game Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre the Polars fell 74-51 to Maple Ridge, the second-ranked team.
Polars coach Ray Bourque said it's the first time since he began coaching the senior girls about eight years ago a PGSS team has won a second round game at the provincial tournament.
He credited the Polars shooting efficiency for the win as they made 44 per cent of their shots and have played some good defence against teams that have at least two "really big girls."
The Polars face the Fleetwood Dragons in their third game Friday, 10 a.m.