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’Cats close in on BC berth

The R.A. McMath Wildcats are on the verge of pulling off one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 sports season.

A top-four finish at this week’s Lower Mainland playdowns will give the school’s Grade 9 girls’ hoops team a berth in the upcoming Telus Junior Girls Provincial Basketball Championships, beginning March 7 at the Langley Events Centre.

“We made the decision to play up a year because we felt it was appropriate to their level of competition and play,” said Anne Gillrie-Carre, co-coach of the Wildcats with Nathan Kishi and assisted by senior student Brandon Brock.

The Wildcats proved not only to be competent, but wound up topping the league with an 8-0 record—four points clear of McMath’s Grade 10 squad which won seven of its eight games. The young Wildcats then added the Richmond playoff title with a 41-28 final-game victory over the Hugh Boyd Trojans, after which they were granted the third seed in the Lower Mainland tournament.

“It’s been really fun to have such fantastic kids to work it,” said Gillrie-Carre. “It’s been wonderfully positive.”

It has been a banner year for McMath’s hoops teams in general. All eight (Grade 8 boys and girls, Grade 9 boys and girls, Grade 10 boys and girls and both the boys’ and girls’ senior teams) have advanced to either Lower Mainland or Vancouver and District championships this week.

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