Unity Christian beats B.C.’s best for Grade 9 basketball championship

The Flames emerged victorious from a field of elite teams, including AAAA foes.

The Unity Christian Grade 9 girls basketball team won a B.C. championship last weekend.

The Flames dominated the tournament for the top Grade 9 teams from single A to AAAA, hosted by Port Moody’s Heritage Woods secondary school.

The top seed in the 16 team tourney, Unity Christian opened last Thursday with a one-sided whomping of No. 16 seeded Quesnel, taking a 65-5 decision.

They followed that with a convincing 47-29 win over No. 8 seed Centennial (Coquitlam) Friday morning.

Things got tougher in the semi-final round as Unity Christian faced the No. 4 seed West Vancouver Highlanders.

The Flames emerged with a well-earned 57-50 win and a spot in the final, where they faced the No. 3 seed from New Westminster.

Unity Christian wrapped up the championship with a 48-34 win over the Hyacks, led by Savannah Vander Kooi, who scored 20 points in the victory.

Vander Kooi was chosen tournament MVP while teammate Julia Van de Kamp was named the Top Defensive Player. Jenna Vander Hoek earned a tournament all-star selection.

This is the first provincial win for Unity Christian at this level.

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