Abbotsford Senior secure third place with win over Semiahmoo
In the third and fourth place game, Abbotsford Senior and Semiahmoo faced off in a tight contest. Despite a late surge from Semiahmoo, Abbotsford came through in the end with a 82-74 victory.
The game started off in favour of Abbotsford Senior, as the Panthers went on a seven point run to make it 11-4 at the 6:39 mark. Semiahmoo called a timeout at that point, which seemed to calm the team down. They went on a 10-4 run, and a late fadeaway two point shot by Deja Lee made it a two point game after one.
Semiahmoo would tie it at 25 early in the second quarter. But Abbotsford came back courtesy of Sienna Lenz, who drove to the basket to get tough points as well as dish it to the likes of Marin Lenz for three pointers. This allowed the Panthers to take a 43-34 halftime lead.
To start the second half, both Marin and Sienna Lenz got off to hot starts. The former had a deep three, while the latter made a nice move to the basket to get an easy two points. Semiahmoo got into their rhythm late in the frame but face a 13 point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth had enough tension that you needed a machete to cut through it. After Raushan Bindra hit a three to get Semiahmoo to within to, Sienna Lenz answered with a three of her own to give her team some breathing room.
But late in the fourth Faith Dut had the chance to tie the game from the line. Unfortunately, she missed both free throws. That proved the break that Abbotsford needed, as Marin Lenz hit both her shots from the charity stripe to give the Panthers some breathing room and the eventual win.
Sienna and Marin Lenz led the way for Abbotsford Senior like they have all tournament, finishing with 33 and 31 points respectively. For Semiahmoo, Faith Dut had 20 points and 15 rebounds.
For Abbotsford, it’s a reward for all the hard work and dedication they have show through the provincial championship. For Semiahmoo, despite the disappointment they are a young team that will most certainly be back in contention next season.