Panthers top Bobcats in ’Cat fight to decide TBI title

Abbotsford Panthers complete trifecta, knock off all three Langley schools at Tsumura Basketball Invitational at Langley Events Centre

Brookswood Bobcats' Brooklyn Golt is pressured by Argyle Pipers' Sierra Schefer during the Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre.

There were three Langley senior girls basketball teams in the field of eight at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational: A Tournament for Emily, over the weekend at the Langley Events Centre and all three suffered the same fate, a loss to the tournament champion Abbotsford Panthers.

The Brookswood Bobcats lost 80-78 in Saturday’s championship final, while the Langley Christian Lightning fell 71-54 in Friday’s semifinals.

And the Walnut Grove Gators were on the losing end of a 85-59 score in Thursday’s opening round action.

The Bobcats defeated the Little Flower Academy Angels 81-49 in the opener, the Argyle Pipers 65-43 in the quarter-finals and the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers 72-60 in the semifinals.

The Lightning, who moved up from 1A to 2A this season, knocked off the Mouat Hawks 66-42 in the opener and the Seycove Seyhawks 65-35 in round two. After losing to the Panthers, Langley Christian fell 81-58 in the bronze medal game.

And the Gators — made up of Grade 10 and 11 players only — bounced back from their opening round loss to defeat the Charles Best Blue Devils 54-45 in round two.

They lost their final two games, however, falling to the Riverside Rapids and then 71-64 to Little Flower Academy in the 11th/12th place game.

Troy Landreville Langley Times

Langley Christian Lightning’s Emma Hansen dribbles the ball up the floor against the Mouat Hawks at the TBI tournament at the Langley Events Centre. The Lightning, who made the jump up to the 2A level this season, finished fourth.

Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Walnut Grove Gators’ Rolande Taylor drives to the hoop during her team’s 54-45 victory over the Charles Best Blue Devils. The Gators, made up of Grade 10 and 11 players, finished with a record of 1-3 at the tournament.


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