Katelyn Mallette was sent to the bench in tears, having just fouled out of the basketball game.
There were a few minutes remaining and thankfully her Langley Christian Lightning team held a 10-point lead. But still, this was not the way the graduating senior anticipated her final high school game ending.
“It was extremely tough for me, I am not going to lie. I wanted to be out on the court with my friends,” she said about being reduced to a cheerleader role.
The Lightning defeated the South Kamloops Titans 85-68 on Saturday afternoon to take bronze at the B.C. AA senior girls provincial championships at the Langley Events Centre.
Langley Christian had taken a 31-28 lead in the second quarter but watched as the Titans poured in the quarter’s final 13 points for a 10-point advantage at the half.
South Kamloops would stretch the lead to 15 points before Langley Christian closed the quarter on a 27-8 run and never looked back.
A big difference in the second half was the three-point shooting of the Lightning as they connected on nine long-distance shots.
Hannah Krepp hit six of those — and seven for the game — and finished with 25 points while Makenna Gardner had two big fourth-quarter threes and finished with 11 points.
“Hannah was just killing it from the outside, so were all of our guards,” Mallete said.
Mallette said the team was determined to cap off their season with a medal around their necks.
“We just kicked it into a different gear,” she said.
“And our rebounding was exceptional in the second half and that really helped.”
The Lightning were coming off a tough 73-66 loss to the Vernon Panthers in Friday’s semifinal.
And motivation was not a problem for a Langley Christian team which had won the last two B.C. Single A provincial titles and voluntarily moved up to the higher level this season.
“This group is hardworking and gritty and have so much fight in them,” said Langley Christian coach Danielle Gardner.
Krepp was named a first team all-star while Mallete made the second team. Liesl vanWyk was an honourable mention.
Gary Ahuja Langley Times
Langley Christian’s Hannah Krepp was named a first team all-star at the B.C. Single A senior girls provincial championships.