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Burnaby Central Wildcats fifth in this preseason senior girls 4A basketball rankings

Half of last year's team is likely to return in hopes of improving on its bronze medal finish from 2023 provincials.
Burnaby Central Wildcats guard Ankita Chopra (#13) goes for a layup between two Yale Lions during the bronze medal match at the 2023 B.C. AAAA senior girls basketball championships.

It appears Burnaby Central Secondary's senior girls basketball team is poised to make another deep run this season, according to one poll.

The Wildcats were recently selected as the fifth-best team in the preseason rankings by BC Sports Hub — an outlet that covers amateur sports across the province.

Half of AAAA Central's roster is expected to return for 2023-24 as six players graduated in the summer.

The Wildcats went undefeated in Burnaby New Westminster Schools Athletic Association (BNWSAA) league play, 9-0, last season.

BC Sports Hub ranked the red and white squad behind Riverside (#1, Port Coquitlam), Seaquam (#2, Delta), Argyle (#3, North Vancouver) and Kelowna (#4).

However, Burnaby Central is one spot ahead of Yale (#6, Abbotsford), whom they defeated in the bronze-medal game of the 2023 senior girls provincial championships.

The reigning BNWSAA district champions were the second-ranked team heading into Langley last March and clawed their way to the semifinal.

After loosing to eventual B.C.-champion Riverside, the 'Cats completed a second-half comeback to beat Yale 68-63 and claim third place.

The medal was also the culmination of a year's long journey to get onto the provincials podium after missing out in 2022.

The new B.C. AAAA senior girls basketball season is set to begin in late November.


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