By Quinn Allen.
The Douglas Royals bounced back after a heartbreaking loss Friday night, to claim a bronze medal, beating host team the Vancouver Island Mariners on Saturday afternoon.
Thanks to a first place league finish, the Royals received a bye into the semi-finals on Friday night setting up a match against the Camosun Chargers. The Chargers had won the regular season series against the Royals 2-1 and on Friday night got the best of the Royals once again with a 71 to 63 victory. Camosun used the three-pointer and solid perimeter play to gain the edge on Douglas, going 11-25 from behind the arc. Nanaya Miki led Douglas with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ellen Fallis also had 12 points for the Royals.
With the loss, the Royals moved into the bronze medal bracket with hopes of medaling in this year’s championship. True to their character, the ladies came out resilient, determined, and focused, beating the VIU Mariners by a score of 77 to 67. Sarah Jorgenson was named Player of the Game while Rachel Beauchamp dropped 13 points and collected 13 boards. Fifth year seniors Amber Beasley, Ellen Fallis, Nanaya Miki, Simran Bir, and Sarah Jorgenson and all ended their careers in a Royals jersey in style, capping off an amazing run of 4 championship medals in 5 years (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze).
Douglas had four players who were recognized for Conference awards. Rachel Beauchamp was named a 1st team All-star, and was also named The PacWest player of the year. Beauchamp had an unreal season for the Royals, leading the conference with 9.3 rebounds per game, and an impressive 51.7 field goal percentage. Jessica Castillo was named an All-rookie team selection, while seniors Nanaya Miki and Sarah Jorgenson were named 2rd team All-stars.