Storm start slow and finish fast at Top Ten tournament

Chilliwack secondary school's senior girls basketball team beat the Centennial Centaurs and Kitsilano Blue Demons at a tournament.

The Chilliwack secondary school senior girls basketball team overcame a ton of adversity to go 2-2 at last weekend’s Top Ten Centennial tournament in Coquitlam.

The Storm came in as the 16th seed, and fell 87-42 to the top-ranked Riverside Rapids in their opener. Christina Vandenbrink led CSS with 14 points with Janine Leijen adding nine.

The Storm fell to 0-2 with a 54-40 loss to the ninth-ranked Gleneagle Talons (Coquitlam). The Talons killed CSS with long range bombs, getting nine three-pointers from five different shooters.

Nicole Bartel led the Storm offence with 14 points, with Natalie Hoogeveen adding 13.

CSS got their first win against the host Centennial Centaurs, taking a 59-36 final behind 13 points from Kelsi McLean and 11 from Megan Wierks. All nine CSS players had at least one point.

The defensive-minded Storm held the Centaurs to five third quarter points, then turned it up a notch, limiting Centennial to just a single point in the fourth quarter.

CSS finished the tournament with a 60-48 win over the 13th ranked Kitsilano Blue Demons with Vandenbrink picking up 14 points and McLean 11.

Chilliwack started the day with 10 players but ended up losing Nicole Bartel to a knee injury (possible MCL strain) and Wierks to a possible concussion. Peyton Norrish missed the entire tournament with a concussion.

The Storm are home Thursday, hosting Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat at 6:30 p.m.