Faith Johnny heads for the basket, in Mustangs’ 60-24 romp over Pemberton, at an 8-team tournament in Agassiz, Friday. The senior Mustangs placed fourth overall, being edged out by the hosts. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Hope’s Senior Mustangs drop close consolation match up

Fatigue plays a role as girls fall to host team Agassiz

Barry Stewart

Hope Standard

It’s a beautiful thing to behold, when a team executes their game so close to perfection.

For much of their opening match against Pemberton, Friday night in Agassiz, the senior Mustang girls could do no wrong. It was if they were shooting into a sinkhole — the ball seemed to have no chance of missing. Hannah Chisholm notched 24 points, matching Pemberton’s total output, and Sarah George added another 17 in the 60-24 win. The gap allowed coach Jeff Kuhn to go to his bench and let everyone have some court time.

“Pemberton is usually a strong team,” said Kuhn, Tuesday. “I was surprised.

“We pressed and made the other team make mistakes,” he added. “Sarah George has got so much potential. She has the best footwork, down low, that I’ve ever seen from a Grade 10. She has that reverse lay-up and she can nail it.

“We moved the ball well, against Pemberton,” said the coach. “We’ve been working in practice on letting the offence happen. The girls can get a bit rushed and force the ball.”

The Mustangs met Surrey’s Khalsa squad on Saturday, with knowledge that their number 8 player was the one to watch.

“She scored 34 of their 66 points on Friday, so I put Hannah on her all game and we shut her down to only 8 points,” said Kuhn. “But there’s another girl, number 13, who got 34. Her coach said she doesn’t usually score more than 4 or 6 points a game.

“They scored on their first 8 shots from the field and it was 38-32 at the half. We lost 66-50 but I was really happy with how we played.”

Playing catch up meant Kuhn couldn’t go to his spares to spread the workload. He felt that wore out his starters for the Saturday evening consolation match against a more-rested Agassiz.

“Agassiz has two tall girls this year, so you’ve got to have the outside shots working. They beat us 68-58 — but we’ll find a way to beat them,” said Kuhn.

Looking at this year’s league line-up, the good news is that Khalsa has been split out of the schedule, leaving Hope in a 5-team eastern district that includes Agassiz and Chilliwack’s High Road Academy (which had a close match against Pemberton, Saturday.)

The bad?

“We’ve got Credo Christian and Unity, which are ranked 1-2 in the province in single-A ball,” groaned Kuhn. “It’s a little discouraging. Our girls will fight their best — but those two schools are in a whole other echelon. But it’s good for our girls.”

The Mustangs meet High Road for their first league game, next Tuesday, then they host their tournament on December 13 and 14. They get a day off before hosting Unity, at 6:15 on Monday night.

After a few years of playing only in tournaments, the senior boys are back in league play. They hosted a team from Abbotsford’s Dasmesh Punjabi school on Tuesday, winning 76-63.

“The boys look a lot stronger than they have in years,” said Kuhn. “Their tournament is January 10 and 11.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Claire Medlock (l) heads up the floor in Friday’s match against Pemberton, with her teammate Sarah George and their opponent all sporting the same hairstyle. (Barry Stewart/ Hope Standard)

Just Posted

5 to 10 cm of snow still coming to Fraser Valley: Environment Canada

Hard to say when the freezing rain will turn to regular rainfall, Environment Canada says

Slideshow: Hope’s winter weather in photos

Readers submit photos of Hope under a blanket of snow

RCMP looking for tips in rash of crime in Hope

Theives broke into homes and cars in the Kawkawa Lake area

Fraser Cascade superintendent announces retirement

Dr. Karen Nelson has worked for School District 78 for 29 years

FVRD seeking outdoor rec feedback

Open house meetings slated for next week

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

VIDEO: Highway 1 left looking like winter war zone with dozens of stranded vehicles

Tow-truck driver says 30 vehicles still dot snowy landscape, including one rolled-over dairy truck

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Fraser Valley motorist drives up vehicle ramp and onto parked trailer on Chilliwack road

The incident happened after Chilliwack was handed another dump of snow Friday night

Canada Post driver in hospital after ice smashes windshield at Massey Tunnel

Incident happened on Richmond side of the Massey Tunnel

Most Read