R.D. Parker Collegiate's senior girls basketball advanced to the second round of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association's AAA basketball provincials in Thompson with a 57-54 victory over the St. James Jimmies in their first game of the tournament March 15.
Janaye Tucker-Titanich led fourth-seeded RDPC with 14 points, while her fellow Trojan Tayo Dimeji had 12. Andrea Duncan, with 17 points, and Joanna Wichenko, with nine, were the leaders for fifth-ranked St. James, which fell behind 14-6 early but battled back to tie the game at 23 apiece late in the second quarter. The Jimmies got the ball back with 12 seconds left in the game, trailing by three, but were unable to get a shot attempt off and turned the ball over, enabling the hosts to run out the clock and keep their hopes of advancing to the provincial championship final in front of their home crowd alive.
Ruth Spence was named the player of the game for the Trojans, whose next opponent is the top-seeded University of Winnipeg Collegiate, which beat Swan Valley 78-33 in the final girls game on Thursday, led by Emma Abbott with 33 points.
Third-seeded St. Norbert advanced to the second round with an 87-47 victory over Brandon's Neelin Spartans in the opening game of the girls' bracket, while second-ranked Linden Christian eliminated Lorette from championship contention by a score of 83-49 in the third game of the girls tournament.
Paige Bevan led St. Norbert with 28 points in their win, while Kate Osadchuck has 16 for Neelin in a losing cause. Madi Kizel led Linden Christian with 24 points while Niki Fraser was Lorette's top scorer, with 14.