Walnut Grove vs Abby Senior
In the first semifinal, Walnut Grove takes on Abbotsford Senior. The Gators defeated Riverside 96-67, while the Panthers survived a late scare to beat Sullivan Heights 63-55. Walnut Grove has dominated the glass so far in this tournament, out rebounding teams by a significant margin.Containing the Lenz sisters will be the key to victory according to the head coach of Walnut Grove Darren Rowell.
Speaking of the Lenz sisters for Abbotsford, Sienna and Marin have averaged 28 and 22 points respectively for the Panthers. If they can keep this up with what is sure to be tight defending from the Gators, Abbotsford should have a good chance at victory. For Walnut Grove, it will be interesting to see how they handle what is certainly going to be a much tighter contest than their previous two.
Kelowna vs Semiahmoo
The second semifinal pits the Kelowna Owls against the Semiahmoo Totems. Kelowna easily defeated the Argyle Pipers the day before, with Tiana Hanson scoring 29 points and adding 13 rebounds.
“I’m really hoping some of our experience shows up” said Kelowna head coach Darren Seminuk. “They’re very balanced. They got length at guard, they got quickness at guard, and they got the two bigs playing with one another. They’ve come a long way since they first saw them in december and they’re going to be tough.”
For Semiahmoo, they also easily defeated their opponents Brookswood to advance to the semifinal. The trio of Izzy Forsyth, Deja Lee, and Faith Dut proved too much for Brookswood to handle, and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“We’ve turned the ball over a little too much” said head coach Alison McNeill on what has to improve. “That might be youthfulness, but we have to take care of the ball better in the final four.”