Big Ticket basketball tournament provides clarity for GW Graham’s senior girls

The Grizzlies know where they stand against B.C.’s best after last weekend’s tournament.

The GW Graham senior girls went 2-1 in their Big Ticket basketball tournament games.

The Grizzlies knocked off the Earl Marriott Mariners 61-44 in their opener with Sydney Owens producing a team-high with 17 points. The Tuchscherer sisters combined for 25 (14 for Deanna, 11 for Julia) and Aliza Dueck had 11 as well.

In their second game, against the Abbotsford Lions, ranked No. 5 among AAA teams, Deanna Tuchscherer supplied most of GWG’s offence in a 64-50 loss. The senior hit a pair of three pointers, part of a 26 point night. Julia Tuchscherer added 13 points and Sydney Owens seven.

The Grizzlies bounced back to finish on a high note in their third game, a 79-47 whomping of the Panorama Ridge Thunder.

Deanna Tuchscherer led the way with 18 points while Julia Tuchscherer posted 16. Owens and Kennedy Hall both hit double digits in scoring with 11 points apiece.

“It was a great opening tournament for our team and starts to give us a good picture of where this team is at after losing four seniors from last year,” said head coach Sarah Mouritzen. “We were up three at half over a very good Yale team and then just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, allowing too many rebounds and picking up too many fouls.

“We know the things we need to work on to make another provincial run this season, and we are excited for some big tournaments before Christmas.”

Deanna Tuchscherer and Aliza Dueck received $1,000 scholarships.

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