DAY FIVE ROUNDUP

In our second to last day of the tournament, every Women’s team left it all on the floor. Leading up to the 15U semi-final matches, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, and Nova Scotia picked up victories and momentum as they look for a strong finish to the week. In the opening semi-final, fans were treated to a rematch of last year’s 15U final where British Columbia would face a ready and waiting Ontario. Despite a disadvantage in size, British Columbia’s hardnosed play stalled Ontario from building an insurmountable lead through three quarters. In the latter half of the fourth, Ontario presented challenges that British Columbia could not overcome, eventually pulling away with a 65-50 victory. To determine Ontario’s opponent in this year’s 15U championship, it would be an east coast matchup between New Brunswick and Quebec. Quebec would come out the gate firing on all cylinders to take a significant lead early on. However, New Brunswick exhibited exuberant amounts of heart to withstand Quebec’s best attacks to stay close behind. With some big shots down the stretch, Quebec would build a lead and hold it to defeat New Brunswick. With this, the 15U bronze medal game is set to feature British Columbia taking on New Brunswick and the gold medal game will showcase a battle of neighbours: Ontario vs. Quebec.

In a prelude to the 17U semi-final matchups, the stage was set for Newfoundland and Labrador to square-off against Manitoba. In a back and forth game of intense play on both ends of the floor, Manitoba was able to peak at the right time to top Newfoundland and Labrador 63-59. Not to be outdone by their 15U team, British Columbia would also be represented in the 17U semi-finals with a date with Alberta. Both teams displayed poise, with Alberta holding a consistent single-digit lead entering the fourth. British Columbia would make a late run, facilitated by causing turnovers and drawing fouls, to take a one-point lead nearing the buzzer. Despite the chaos, Alberta would regain the lead, and not let it go, sending themselves to the gold medal game after solidifying a 54-49 win. The night would end with a special game between two polished teams, Quebec and Saskatchewan. With Quebec’s lead at four in the final minute, Saskatchewan would rally behind a streak of three-pointers and defensive stops to extend the game into overtime. During extra time, we saw multiple lead changes, but in the end, a clutch long-range basket for Quebec sealed the game 83-81 and booked a trip to the finals against Alberta.

The 15U Gold Medal game between Team Ontario and Team Quebec tips off at 3:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

The 17U Gold Medal game between Team Alberta and Team Quebec tips off at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.