Ladysmith’s top scorer

LSS boys go into break on high note

Ladysmith hosted Woodlands Secondary School Dec. 18 and beat the visitors from Nanaimo 70-64

Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS)’s senior boys’ basketball team is heading into the holiday break on a winning note.

Ladysmith hosted Woodlands Secondary School Dec. 18 and beat the visitors from Nanaimo 70-64 in the team’s final game before Christmas.

Ladysmith held a close 12-10 lead after the first quarter, and the game was tied 28-28 at halftime. The home team pulled away in the third quarter, going up 53-44, and held on for a 70-64 win.

Nick Hayton led the 49ers in scoring with 18 points, followed by Kurt Olson with 15 points and Adam Taylor with 12 points.

Coach Randy Steel says he expected this game to be a close one.

“[We] seemed to take the game over in the second half, and their big guy kind of got into foul trouble in the second half,” he said. “I thought they played well. They’ll be happy with a win before Christmas.”

Steel was pleased to see pretty balanced scoring from his team, as every player on the court had at least two points, and three were in the double digits.

Steel has about five players from the closed Cedar Secondary on the team this year, and he says that without them, LSS probably wouldn’t have a team this year.

The 49ers are now 1-1 in league play. Their next game is Jan. 6 at home against Barsby.

Ladysmith’s senior girls’ team played a home game in the final week before Christmas holidays as well, losing 24-77 to Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School Dec. 16.

Marika Grubac scored most of Ladysmith’s points, with 15 and at least one point in each quarter. Kelsey Hutt and Amber Swithin each had four points, and Sam Kleininger had one point.

Coach Daryl Rodgers says it’s been a tough year, as they have a lot of young players, and it’s tough getting people out to games.

“We’re improving,” he said. “Our first three games of the season were against the top three teams in the league, but after Christmas, it should get better.”

The girls return to play Jan. 13 in Comox.

Just Posted

Unruly passenger forces Victoria-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Two of Chemainus photographer Marston’s images picked among National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Police officer recounts wild car chase through downtown Ladysmith and Duncan

B.C. Supreme Court trial of Armaan Singh Chandi hears of pursuit following Nanaimo drive-by shooting

Ladysmith a stride closer to fitness trail

Work could get underway on initial groundwork this spring

Small external fire extinguished quickly at Catalyst’s Crofton pulp mill

Fire department called Monday afternoon as part of protocol, but services not needed

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

Minor mattress fire could have killed, Nanaimo Fire Rescue warns

Public fire safety warnings issued following potentially deadly fire on Victoria Road

High court ruling allows long-term expats to vote in byelections across Canada

Supreme Court decision enfranchised an estimated one million or more Canadian expats to be able to vote

B.C. university students dumpster dive to shed light on food waste

Eating only from dumpsters, the students hope to raise money for food banks in Northern Canada

Missing B.C. boy and aunt found safe

The pair had been reported missing from Kamloops

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

The debate over how to teach math in B.C.

Tutoring businesses growing with concerns

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Most Read