One win, two losses for HPSS in tourney

Mackenzie Fowler passes the ball to her teammate during Friday’s game against the Riverside Rapids at Heritage Park Secondary School.

Mackenzie Fowler passes the ball to her teammate during Friday’s game against the Riverside Rapids at Heritage Park Secondary School.

Heritage Park’s senior girls basketball team should be climbing in the standings after last weekend’s tournament, said coach Frank Chan.

The local AAA girls team hosted the Bagpipe Invitational and earned a win and two losses against tough teams.

The Highlanders pulled off a win against the provincially ranked number three team, the Riverside Rapids, 71-63, in a hard-fought game Friday night that included an impressive half-court basket by Erin Chambers in the last second of the first half.

She tallied 32 points in that game, with Cassie Micona right behind her with 28, burying six of nine attempts from outside the three-point line, said Chan.

The rest of the weekend didn’t roll out the same.

The girls faced Holy Cross Saturday morning, the number two ranked AA team, and lost that contest by four points.

The final game of the weekend put the Highlanders up against Handsworth, and Chan said the Mission girls simply ran out of steam.

Heritage was up 50-49 with three minutes to go, but lost 62-51.

“The kids battled really hard and it’s good to see we’re getting better,” he said.

The weekend was a good test for Heritage, noted the coach, as the majority of the games played so far haven’t been close.

The Handsworth match showed Chan the team needs to work on keeping the intensity up in the final minutes.