Houston Christian School’s Senior A Girls team are all smiles Feb. 25 after winning the northwest zones at Smithers Secondary. Standing in the back row

Houston Christian School’s Senior A Girls team are all smiles Feb. 25 after winning the northwest zones at Smithers Secondary. Standing in the back row

HCS girls win basketball zones

Houston Christian’s Single A girls basketball team won the northwest zones Saturday with a 69-42 win over Bulkley Valley Christian School.



Houston Christian’s single A girls team handily won the Northwest Zone championships last weekend with a 69-42 win over Bulkley Valley Christian School.

Next up for the HCS team, which is ranked number one in B.C., is to defend their title at the provincial tournament in Prince Geoge from March 7 to 10.

Coach Wendall Ewald said the girls are all-around athletes.

“They’re athletic thinkers and athletic players,” he said.

Going into the provincial tournament, all eyes will be on the match-up between HCS and the number-two team, Cedar Christian.

Ewald said Cedar is a well coached team that can move the ball quickly.

“We’re just going to have to be on our toes and make sure that offensively we don’t throw the ball away,” he said. “Defensively, we’ve got to be bent knees and ready to move.”

Laura Leffers, who was named a zone all star along with HCS players Linsey Meints and Ruth Hamblin, said part of the girls’ secret is coming from a small school where players know each other well, and a coach who stays calm under pressure.

As for Cedar, she said they beat them early in the season but both teams have improved a lot so she expects a close contest.