McMath follows path to Final Four

By Don Fennell

Published 10:18 PST, Tue March 3, 2020

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

With a little more luck, the McMath Wildcats could well be provincial champions. 

As it is, they have nothing to hang their heads about after reaching the Final Four at the BC High School Provincial 3A Girls’ Basketball Championships that wrapped up Saturday at Langley Events Centre.

An outstanding season ended with a heartbreaking 75-70 overtime loss to North Vancouver’s Argyle Pipers in the bronze medal game. The fourth-place result by the No. 3-ranked Wildcats marks only the second time in school history McMath has reached the Final Four. They placed second in 2016.

The Wildcats won their first two games at this year’s provincial tournament, defeating Mark Isfeld (Vancouver Island) 86-32 and then squeaking out a 60-58 win over a tall and athletic MEI (Abbotsford) team in the quarter-finals.

But their title hopes were dashed in semifinal play Friday when a  talented Okanagan Mission Huskies team (that entered the game with a 33-2 record on the season) outscored McMath 80-67. The Huskies trailed for just seven seconds, though the Wildcats did put together a 16-7 run in the third quarter to pull within six points.

Marina Radocaj had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the game, while Liz Kennedy added 14 points and six boards for McMath. Kennedy, who will continue her basketball career at St Francis Xavier University in the fall, ended his illustrious high school career by being selected to the tournament all-star team.

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