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College Heights, Cedars Christian win opening games at girls basketball provincials

North Central zone-champion Duchess Park Condors blow halftime lead and lose to 11th-ranked McMath Wildcats
Zahra Ngabo of the Duchess Park Condors moves the ball during a game this season against the College Heights Cougars at Duchess Park gym. The Condors lost their opener at the triple-A girls basketball provincial tournament in Langley, while College Heights won its first game and will advance to the quarterfinals.

The College Heights Cougars are moving on to the quarterfinal playoffs after winning their opener Wednesday at the triple-A girls basketball provincial championship in Langley.

Summer Toor delivered in a big way for College Heights, hitting for 23 points, nearly half of the Cougars offensive output in a 50-35 win over Clayton Heights of Surrey.

Lorenn Caceres collected 11 points for the reigning Prince George city champions and Temi Bankole totalled nine points.

College Heights, ranked eighth of out 16 at the tournament in Langley, will take on top-ranked Brookswood of Langley in their quarterfinal today at 5:15 p.m.

The winner will play the MEI-McMath quarterfinal winner in a semifinal Friday at 3:15 p.m.

The No. 6 Duchess Park Condors, who won the North Central zone title over College Heights two weekends ago, lost their provincial opener 50-39 to R.A. McMath of Richmond.

The Condors led that game 26-21 at the half but were outscored 17-6 in the third quarter and 13-7 in the fourth. Magdalena Malfair had a team-high 12 points for the Condors.

Duchess Park drops to the consolation bracket and is matched with No. 14 Pitt Meadows today at noon.

All four girls provincial tournament are being played this week at Langley Events Centre.

At the single-A girls tournament, the No. 8 Cedars Christian Eagles soared to a 60-46 win over ninth-ranked Charles Bloom Timberwolves of Lumby. Amy Larson, with 19 points, and Mila Johnson, with 13, paced the Eagles.

Cedars will face No. 1 Pacific Christian Pacers of Victoria in the quarterfinals today at 1:45 p.m. The winner will take on the St. Ann’s Academy-Sir Alexander Mackenzie winner in a semifinal game Friday at noon.

At the double-A provincials, the No. 14 Nechako Valley Vikings suffered a 95-33 loss to No. 3 Langley Christian. Molly Black was to top point-producer for the Vikings with 11.

Nechako Valley plays No. 6 Southridge of Surrey today at noon.

In the quad-A tournament, the No. 15 North Peace Grizzlies of Fort St. John were hammered 106-24 by No. 2 Argyle Pipers of North Vancouver.

North Peace will face No. Oak Bay of Victoria tonight at 8:30 p.m.