Pacers face Argyle in provincial tourney opener

Delta senior girls part of 16-team event in 3A tier at Langley Events Centre

The Delta Pacers will play North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers next Wednesday afternoon in their first appearance at the senior girls provincial basketball championships in decades.

The Pacers advanced to the 16-team showcase at the Langley Events Centre by finishing second at last week’s South Fraser 3A Zone Championships in Richmond — highlighted by a BC berth clinching semi-final win over Steveston-London. The Pipers are the tournament’s fourth seed after winning the Sea-to-Sky Zone title. Game time is noon.

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Regardless of the result, the Pacers are guaranteed four games with the championships concluding next Saturday.

The entire field of teams in seeding order are: 1. Abbotsford 2. Okanagan Mission (Kelowna) 3. McMath (Richmond) 4. Argyle 5. South Kamloops 6. MEI (Abbotsford) 7. Valleyview (Kamloops) 8. GW Graham (Chilliwack) 9. Duchess Park (Prince George) 10. Pitt Meadows 11. Vernon 12. Ballenas (Parksville) 13. Delta 14. Mark Isfeld (Courtney) 15. Charles Hays (Prince Rupert) 16. Magee (Vancouver).

The Pacers roster features Abby Wigglesworth, Nava Hothi, Emma Webster, Hannah Beaumont, Avielle Wellington, Kim Williams, Emily Barron, Alisha Sarran, Kendall Downie and Haruhi Sakaki.

It’s Kerrie Trotman’s first trip to the senior basketball provincials as a head coach. The longtime DSS teacher has been a volunteer high school coach for 31 years. She is joined on the coaching staff by Paige Collings.

At the buzzer…

The DSS senior boys team finished fifth in the Sur-Del AAA League with a 3-3 record and has a one game playoff on Monday at Steveston-London Secondary against the fourth place finisher from the Richmond League. That opponent will be finalized tonight (Thursday) when the Richmond Colts take on the MacNeill Ravens in the Richmond playoffs third-place game. Game time Monday is 7:30 p.m.

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