McMath’s Hope Chan in action at the Tsumura Invitational at the LEC.
Photo courtesy Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre
Wildcats’ busy schedule continues
By Don Fennell
Published 3:52 PST, Mon December 16, 2019
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
The on-the-job training continues for Richmond’s RA McMath Wildcats.
Since tipping off their 2019-20 season Nov. 25 in the Big Ticket Tournament, the local senior high school girls’ basketball team hasn’t had much time to rest.
And following their 93-62 loss to the Walnut Grove Gators in the fifth-place game at last week’s prestigious Tsumura Invitational (an annual tournament paying homage to one of BC’s all-time great basketball writers), the Wildcats get right back at it this week. They’re at the Riverside Invitational Wednesday through Friday (where they’ll play Terry Fox and Walnut Grove, both top five at the 4A level) before breaking to enjoy the Christmas holiday.
Without Grade 9 all-star Marina Radocaj for the Tsumura tournament played in Langley (she was invited to the Canada Basketball High Performance Age Group Assessments in Toronto), the Wildcats still managed to play well starting with a 74-46 victory over GW Graham Grizzlies.
In that game, McMath raced out a 22-9 lead after one quarter. Liz Kennedy hit four three-pointers to finish with 21 points and Caitlin Kippan added 17.
Kelowna Owls stopped McMath’s title dreams with a 70-39 victory, clamping down defensively in the second quarter allowing just four points.