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Duchess Park claims zone bragging rights in triple-A girls basketball playoff

Condors and College Heights Cougars both earn berths for provincial tournament in Langley

The Duchess Park Condors exacted their revenge.

After losing days earlier to the College Heights Cougars senior girls basketball team in the city championship, the Condors used home court to their advantage and posted a 62-55 win over the Cougars Friday to capture the North Central zone triple-A title.

Zahra Ngabo collected 20 points to stoke the Duchess Park offence, backed by 11-point outings from Magdalena Malfair and Tehya Carpenter and eight points from Mercedes Black.

Kayleigh Kennedy put up 20 points for College Heights, while Temi Bankole sunk 16 and Lorenn Caceres had a 10-point game.

Carpenter, the Condors starting point guard, was selected the tournament MVP.

Bankole won the top defensive player award.

The Condors and Cougars will claim the two North Central berths in the 16-team triple-A girls provincial championship tournament in Langley, Feb. 28-March 2.

Heading into the zone championship, College Heights was ranked sixth in the province and Duchess Park was ranked eighth.

In other zone tournament results, Sir Alexander Mackenzie Grizzlies of Hagensborg (Bella Coola) defeated the Cedars Christian Eagles in the single-A girls championship at Cedars.

Nechako Valley Vikings won the double-A girls championship that wrapped up Saturday at D.P. Todd.

Scores from either of those tournaments were unavailable to the Citizen.