MSS Grade 8 boys defeat St. Ann’s Crusaders
An amazing 35-point performance by young Evan Sahota (left) led the Merritt Secondary School Grade 8 boys basketball team to a 52-49 come-from-behind Panthers’ victory over the visiting St. Ann’s Crusaders on January 23.
Sahota, a Grade 7 student at Central Elementary School, who is “playing up” this year, drained 25 points in the second half of the fiercely-contested game to lead all scorers.
Ryan Anthony, a recent addition to coach Jason McAllister’s Grade 8 squad, chipped in with nine points while Dawson Geier added four.
In the Grade 8 girls showdown with the Crusaders, Cassidy Rodie’s five-point performance wasn’t enough as the Panthers fell to a much taller Kamloops squad, 50-11. The girls’ next home game is on Feb. 18 versus the Clearwater Raiders.
Both Grade 8 Panther teams were in action Wednesday night against South Kamloops Secondary School.
Also on the hardcourt Wednesday were the MSS senior boys and girls teams. They were up against the Valley Vikings. Playoff action for the senior teams begins next week.