Britannia wins fourth Vancouver girls basketball crown in six years

Bruins take back the title from the two-time champion Churchill Bulldogs

For the sixth year in a row, the Britannia Bruins battled for the senior girls basketball city championship. After losing to the Churchill Bulldogs for the past two years, the Bruins won their fourth title since 2012 in a 71-49 win at Hamber secondary Feb. 9.

The Bruins defeated Kitsilano three consecutive years from 2012 through 2014 and returned to the final in 2015 for their first match-up against Churchill, who surged to win back-to-back championships before being dethroned last week by Britannia.

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Both teams advance to Lower Mainland tournaments. Britannia plays at the AA tier, and Churchill competes at the AAA tier. (Tiers are  based on the size of a school's combined Grade 11 and Grade 12 girls population.)

Tournament photos

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Britannia Bruin Lucy Guan (no. 6) jumps into arms of Shemaiah Abatayo (no. 5) to celebrate winning the senior girls basketball city championship over Churchill at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Churchill Bulldog Alexa Leynes (no. 14) tries to gain a step on Surprise Munie (no. 10) during the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Churchill's Carly Dhanda (no. 31) dishes the ball during the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Britannia's Lucy Guan (no. 6) slips past Churchill's Carly Dhanda (no. 31) during the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Britannia Bruin Surprise Munie (no. 10) keeps the ball out of the reach of Churchill Bulldog Katrina Kwong (no. 5) during the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet
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Churchill's Alexa Leynes (no. 14) cuts to the hoop past Britannia's Malena Mokhovikova (no. 32) during the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 9, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet

 

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Lord Byng Grey Ghost head coach Tessa Vaig embraces the teachable moment during a break in play during the first round of the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 6, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet

 

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Lord Byng Grey Ghost Aleksa Vujicicduring (no. 20) under double coverage against the Tupper Tigers during the first round of the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 6, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet

 

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Tupper Tiger Andrelyn Bernados (no. 5) gets the shot off under pressure from Lord Byng’s Caitlan Barker (no. 15) during the first round of the senior girls basketball city championship at Hamber secondary Feb. 6, 2017. Photo Dan Toulgoet

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