Credo Christian won the 1A championships by defeating defending champions Unity Christian. Supplied

Langley’s Credo Christian girls take gold at provincial basketball tournament

Second win for Kodiaks at 1A girls

Going into the girls 1A provincial basketball championships in Abbotsford, Credo Christian head coach Kayla VanderHorst knew victory was possible, but it wouldn’t be easy.

“We kind of knew it was anybody’s game,” VanderHorst said.

“We came in knowing that we could win [but] we would have to fight for it.”

Credo had core players from the same group that won the provincials two years ago, the first time in 25 years for the Langley school.

“The girls were in a really good head space,” VanderHorst said.

“They had a really strong mental game and at the end of the day I felt that whats won it for us.”

On Saturday, it was Credo Christian versus Unity Christian, defending champions from 2018 in the final.

“It was tight the whole time, as we knew it would be,” VanderHorst said.

“We’ve played them three time this season and every time we’ve played them it’s been within 10 points.

By the half, Kodiaks were down eight points.

“I said to the girls at half time, we’re outplaying them, but they’re outscoring us and we need buckets to win.”

Credo built up a seven-point lead in the second, but the tenacious Unity players weren’t about to give up, putting up a three-pointer in the closing seconds.

“We managed to hold the ball until the end,” VanderHorst said.

Credo won 75-71.

READ ALSO: Credo Kodiaks claw to provincial 1A girls basketball crown

Credo’s Kari Stam was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

“She’s just a very consistent player which is always good to have as a coach,” VanderHost said.

Credo Christian’s Rebekah Allison was named most defensive player.

Her coach said the physically fearless Allison is a “firecracker … the most exciting and sometimes terrifying [type of player] for a coach to watch.”

Kodiak Esther Allison made the first all-star team.

Allison, the tallest Credo player was described as a “really valuable” three-point shooter by coach VanderHorst.

“She [was] defending on the inside against the big players and putting up numbers for us [as well].”

There will be some rebuilding to do next year, with the entire Credo starting line-up graduating, but many outstanding players like Stam and Allison will be back to take another run at a third provincial title.

READ ALSO: Credo Christian Kodiaks of Langley take silver at 1A boys provincial basketball championships


Credo’s Kari Stam was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Supplied

Credo Christian won the 1A championships by defeating defending champions Unity Christian. Photo courtesy Lucas Huttema

Just Posted

VIDEO: Vancouver fall to Seattle in Game 2 of the playoffs

Thunderbirds topple the Giants 4-1 in Langley, evening the Western Conference series one game each

VIDEO: Stolen Bentley seen driving wrong way in viral video has been recovered

Dash cam captured coupe nearly colliding with oncoming traffic

LETTER: Fort Langley driver lobbies for roundabout signalling

ICBC rules call for drivers to signal when exiting roundabouts.

GREEN BEAT: Opening ‘new roads’ in Langley makes cycling safer

HUB Langley pushed to ‘UnGap the Map’ and create more bike infrastructure throughout the community.

Jordan Owens memorial tournament continues

Players come from as far away as Washington State to take part in fundraiser

WATCH: Out and about in Langley

March 23 to 25; your guide to community happenings.

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Vancouver-bound transit bus involved in fatal crash near Seattle

One man was killed and a woman injured in crash with bus purchased by TransLink

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Most Read