Sardis secondary school’s junior basketball girls battled tooth and nail, falling just short of a provincial berth.
The Falcons went 2-2 in the Fraser Valley playoffs last week, with big wins against Semiahmoo (54-33) and Sullivan Heights.
Azalya Forstbauer had 26 points and 15 rebounds combined in the two wins with Makena Lejeune adding 37 points. Serenah Roy, Krysta Rodger and Hannah Tonsaker were other standouts.
A hard-fought loss to Panorama in a final-eight match left Sardis facing a do-or-die game against W.J. Mouat, a team that beat them by 18 earlier in the year.
Sardis led in the final minute and the game came down to the final seconds. The Falcons needed just one bounce to get to provincials, but that bounce never came and they fell 45-44.