After a dramatic win over Yale the day before, the Argyle Pipers were looking to play spoiler against the Kelowna Owls. Kelowna led for much of the game, and although it was close early Kelowna eventually took it 85-55.
“We’ve had a couple of slow starts in both games but I think that’s pretty typical of the tournament so far” said Kelowna head coach Darren Seminiuk. “ I’m glad we could figure a few things out against their zone [because] we haven’t been that strong against it this year.”
“It always solves things when you shoot the ball well and I thought Kasey Patchell shot the ball well, Taya got it going for a little while. Overall, we weathered the storm in the first and powered through.”
Kelowna flied out in front, taking a seven point lead in half a quarter. Argyle responded though with some good defence, however it didn’t last the rest of the quarter as Kelowna took a nine point lead after one.
That lead extended to over 20 in the second quarter. Georgia Swant and the Pipers only scored seven points in the frame, and struggled to deal with Kelowna’s inside presence and persistent rebounding. The Owls outrebounded Argyle 26-15, with Tiana Hanson getting 11 of those for Kelowna on top of her 20 first half points.
Unfortunately for Argyle, not much changed in the second half. Kelowna continued to use their rebounding advantage to get easy second chance opportunities, and Georgia Swant’s foul trouble halfway through made an uphill challenge that much steeper.
Taya Hanson scored a game high 29 points and added 13 rebounds. Georgia Swant of Argyle had 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kelowna plays Semiahmoo tomorrow at 5:15 pm.