Fernie girls basketball hosts tournament
The Fernie Senior girls basketball team hosted the annual Falcons Griz Classic recently. There were eight teams competing, six from the Kootenay region, Kimberley, Sparwood, Invermere, Golden, Slocan, and Fernie. Two Alberta teams, Crowsnest Pass and Strathmore made the trek west to participate.
The Fernie girls opened up the tournament 8:30 Friday night with a game against Mt. Sentinel. Kaija Peirson had 14 points for the Wildcats and leading the scoring for the Falcons was Kaylee Kormillo with 22 points helping push the Fernie team to a win with a score of 73 – 42. Player of the game for Fernie was Sydney Salvadore who pushed her defensive game to a personal best.
Saturday afternoon saw the Falcons in a match against the Pandas from the Crowsnest Pass to see who would make it to the championship game. Raegan Jackson and Allison Farfus put up 17 and 13 points respectively in an effort that fell just short for Fernie. Emily Scheller had 22 points to set up a trip to the finals with a 62-45 victory. Showing a very strong post presence Kaila Fraser was player of the game for Fernie .
Before the championship game the Sparwood Spartans and the Crowsnest Pandas faced off for third and fourth place which ended up with the Spartans coming out with a 70 -57 victory to take home the bronze.
The final game of the tournament had Fernie hosting the team from Stathmore. The game was intense and had the fans on the edge of their seats as the score see-sawed back and forth. Leading the charge for the Spartans from Stathmore was Erin Warrack with 25 points and Karly Larson with 12 points. Emily Scheller, Laura Serafini and Kayee Kormilo answered back for Fernie with 22, 15 and 14 points respectively. With less than 10 seconds to go, Kormilo, who was on the floor after flirting with foul trouble all game, got the pass and sunk a 16’ shot and regained a one point advantage which held and the Fernie Falcons celebrated the 22nd annual Falcons Griz Classic with a very hard fought victory.
The MVPs for the championship game were Erin Warrack for Strathmore while Laura Serafini got the nod for Fernie for her hustle on both ends of the court. Each team had a tournament MVP and for Strathmore that honour went to Karly Larson while Emily Scheller was the tournament MVP for Fernie for her strong performance all weekend long.
Next action for the Fernie Falcons Senior girls basketball team will be on February 1 and 2 when they will travel to Princeton for the provincial cross zone invitational tournament.