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Seahawks edge Sun Devils in top 10 battle of Delta teams

Senior girls basketball teams poised to see each other again in next month's playoffs
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Seaquam's Amar Tiara looks for an open teammate with South Delta's Rachel Rosser in check during Tuesday's senior girls basketball game in Tsawwassen. The No. 10 Seahawks edged the No. 7 Sun Devils 62-61 in a battle of top 10 4A ranked teams.

Delta’s latest high school basketball rivalry was unveiled Tuesday and there should be at least one more intriguing chapter this season in the weeks ahead.

The No. 10 Seaquam Seahawks got 20 points from Grade 11 guard Nyssa Sunner to hold off the No. 7 South Delta Sun Devils 62-61 in Tsawwassen in a showdown of B.C. 4A top 10 ranked teams.

It was a match-up of contrasting styles with the Seahawks relying on their quickness and perimeter shooting while the Sun Devils leaned on their size advantage and scoring in the paint. Seaquam finished the night with eight 3-pointers while the hosts didn’t have one. Still, it was a back-and-forth battle with neither team leading by more than eight points the entire night.

They are currently the favourites to meet in next month’s South Fraser Zone playoff title game and solid bets to be taking their seasons to the Langley Events Centre in March as well. The future looks bright for both too with Seaquam having seven players on its roster in Grade 11 or less, while the Sun Devils were led by the 27-point performance of Grade 10 forward Kaija Rutledge.

Senior Baani Rajput added 17 for the Seahawks while Shaunti Gill chipped in with 10.  Mackenzie Campbell and Kira Denney each had seven for South Delta.