The Women’s Royals also had a successful weekend in their last home games of the season, beating CBC on both Friday and Saturday night.
Friday saw Douglas beat CBC by a score of 58 to 49. Two of our seniors, Ellen Fallis and Sarah Jorgenson, both dropped 12 in the victory, while Jorgenson collected 10 boards. Rachel Beauchamp added 12 points and an impressive 20 rebounds.
On Saturday evening the Royals played a great game in their last home game of the season. Douglas crushed the Bearcats, 75 to 42. Jorgenson had another big game in her last home game as a Royal, dropping 16 points and 10 boards. Senior Simran Bir also impressed on senior night adding 14 points of her own, while hitting four three pointers in the game. Douglas shot 46.2 percent from field goal range.
It was also senior night for six of the Women’s Royals. Simran Bir, Ellen Fallis, Amber Beasley, Sarah Jorgenson, Nanaya Miki, and Sara Kurath are all in their last year as Royals, and were noticed for their accomplishments throughout their tenures at Douglas.
Simran Bir, a very good shooter from long range who has been a part of this Royals team through their two silver medals and gold in Provincials, is very thankful for the opportunity she’s had to be a student athlete at Douglas.
“Being a part of the Royals family has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. I reflect on my 5 years at Douglas College and all the memories I have gained are picture perfect and I would not trade it for anything in the world. What is most special is that I had my Royals family to go through it all with; the blood, the sweat, and the tears and that is something no one can take away from me and it’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Bir.
Sarah Jorgenson has been an offensive and defensive presence in the paint for the Royals in her five year tenure. She stated how grateful she is to be a part of such a closely knit program, but there was one highlight from her years as a Royal that really sticks out.
“I always remember provincials in my first year - Douglas was hosting it and we had a terrible year, but luckily we upset VIU in the semi-final round and got to go to the finals. We lost by like 20 or 30 points but it was such a great experience to play at home in the finals with a packed gym, and even though we had lost I knew that I was a part of a program that was capable of winning,” said Jorgenson.
Amber Beasley was just looking for any place to play college basketball out of high school, and when Douglas called, she was ecstatic for the opportunity that was present.
“When I finally secured a spot on the Royals roster I was so happy and I still feel lucky today to have been given the opportunity to play College basketball. Being a part of such a successful program and also to be a contributing member has been a dream,” voiced Beasley.
Ellen Fallis is having a difficult time realizing that her college career is coming to an end, but she is so thankful for the experiences she’s been able to have as a Royal.
“Being a Royal has been my entire life these last five years, and I think part of the reason I am struggling to summarize it is because I’m not ready for it to be over. It has pushed me, and challenged me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. It has helped me grow as a person and a player and provided me with an education,” Fallis said.
For the last two Sara Kurath and Nanaya Miki, they have both came into the Douglas program at different times but were welcomed with open arms. Kurath joined the program just last season, while Miki came back for her final year from her homeland of Japan.
“Very thankful for the opportunity to play college basketball with such a great group of girls,” they both said.
Head Coach Steve Beauchamp, who is in his first year as the Royals head coach, made it clear how special these six girls have been to the success and growth of this program.
“I really look at this group and hope they’re proud of the legacy they’re going to leave behind. They have all gone through a lot of ups and downs through their five years as Royals, especially Ellen, Amber, Sim, and Sarah J. But in the end there’s a banner hanging in the gym with their names on it so they should all be extremely proud of that,” Beauchamp said.
The Women currently sit in third place in the PacWest with four contests remaining.
These six seniors will look for a storybook ending to their careers as they set flight on their quest for another provincial title next month.
Artcile by Quinn Allen.