Champions: the L.V. Rogers senior girls basketball won the Kootenay zone playdowns over the weekend. From left

Champions: the L.V. Rogers senior girls basketball won the Kootenay zone playdowns over the weekend. From left

L.V. Rogers off to girls basketball provincials

The L.V. Rogers senior girls basketball team will represent the Kootenays at the AA provincials in Langley March 4 to 8.

The L.V. Rogers senior girls basketball team will represent the Kootenays at the AA provincials in Langley March 4 to 8 after winning the zone championship over the weekend at Stanley Humphries Secondary in Castlegar.

Their opponent in the final was David Thompson Secondary of Invermere, who upset Trail’s J.L. Crowe in the semi-finals. “I thought Crowe was the better team but they had a tough game,” LVR coach Chris Dergousoff said.

LVR trailed 6-5 after a tough first quarter, but by the half had taken a 26-16 lead. They won 60-44. “A great game by all,” Dergousoff said.

Naomi Perks led the charge with 26 points. Allie Zondervan added 12 and Christina Champlin 10.

LVR school beat Selkirk Secondary of Kimberley 44-22 in the semi-final to advance, despite missing three players from the roster.

LVR led 23-12 at the half. Ansleigh Dergousoff and Naomi Perkins were the leading scorers with 11 points each, while Sian Nelson added ten and Roxanne Baker six.

“The girls played solid D and controlled the glass on the offensive and defensive end,” said Dergousoff.  “We didn’t really push ourselves as we knew we needed to be rested for our second game.”

That second game came after only a 2½ hour break.

LVR finished the regular season with 16 wins and four losses.

• The junior and senior boys basketball teams scored a pair of victories over J.L. Crowe at the Hanger on Thursday evening. The juniors came from behind to win 34-29 while the seniors won 65-46. The seniors were led by Josh Matosevic with 23 points. Vinnie Watson scored 17 points and Jamie Anderson 11.