Abbotsford’s Marin Lenz, shown here in last year’s provincial tournament, was a key performer for the Panthers at last weekend’s TBI. Ben Lypka Abbotsford News

Abby Panthers finish fifth at TBI

Senior girls basketball team goes 2-1 in Langley

While every other local senior girls basketball team was battling it out at the Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament, the Abbotsford Panthers were taking on some of the best teams in the province at the annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational.

The event ran from Thursday to Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, and the Panthers opened with an 80-64 win over the G.W. Graham Grizzlies on Thursday.

Grade 11 student Marin Lenz scored a game-high 42 points, including 18 in the third quarter to pace the Panthers to the win.

Beryl Kithinji contributed with 13 and Kelsey Roufosse added 11.

Abbotsford moved on to the elite eight on Friday, but fell 73-50 to the Kelowna Owls.

Lenz led the way again with 16 points, while Kithinji scored 11 and Roufosse and Riya Sahota added six apiece.

The Panthers closed off the event with a 71-64 win over Langley Christian on Saturday to finish fifth overall.

Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators beat Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Rapids 91-64 on Saturday to win the tournament.

AAA senior girls basketball action returns in the new year, with the Panthers, Yale Lions, MEI Eagles and Robert Bateman Timberwolves all threats to win a provincial title.

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