Julia Tuchscherer proved right away that she belongs at the Canada West university level, even though she could still be in high school. (Gibi Saini photo)

Julia Tuchscherer proved right away that she belongs at the Canada West university level, even though she could still be in high school. (Gibi Saini photo)

TOP STORIES 2021: Chilliwack’s Tuchscherers dominate the hoops

Sisters and dad all at UFV

Julia Tuchscherer did something you’re not supposed to do in 2021.

She left high school a year earlier than her peers to join a university basketball team, and she proved right away that she made the right move.

The teenager joined older sister Deanna Tuchscherer and father Al Tuchscherer with the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades in September and made her presence felt immediately. In her second Canada West game, the G.W. Graham grad lit up the University of Northern B.C. Timberwolves for 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting.

In four games since, the freshman hasn’t cracked double digits in points, but she is doing other things to help her team succeed.

Julia is 25th in the Canada West in combined offensive/defensive rebounds with 42, averaging seven per game. She’s fifth in blocks with 11 and 22nd in assists with 17.

Not bad for a kid who should be halfway through her Grade 12 season.

Deanna, by the way, hasn’t been any slouch for UFV. The reigning Canada West Rookie of the Year started slow, but is now averaging 19.8 points per game. Only three Canada West players are more prolific scorers.

UFV’s pre-Christmas slate was cut short by flooding in Abbotsford. The Cascades are scheduled to return to action Jan. 8 against the UBC-Okanagan Heat.


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