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St. Thomas More to play for bronze at 2A girls basketball provincials

The Burnaby school will have a chance to win its first known medal in the division after falling to top-seeded Mulgrave in its semifinal.
The St. Thomas More Collegiate Knights senior girls' basketball team celebrates a basket scored against Mulgrave on Friday, March 1, at the 2024 BC AA basketball provincials.

A Burnaby high school could still make the podium at the B.C. senior girls basketball provincial championships this weekend.

St. Thomas More Collegiate (STM) reached the semifinal of the AA tournament today, March 1, but fell to top-seeded Mulgrave (West Vancouver) by a score of 70-44 at the Langley Events Centre.

The fifth-ranked Knights will play for the bronze medal on Saturday, March 2, at 1:45 p.m. against #2 Holy Cross (Surrey).

The opportunity will guarantee a ranking jump of at least three spots from last year's seventh-place provincials finish.

The Mulgrave Titans got hot early in the contest and never surrendered a lead. STM got as close as 15 points at the start of the second half.

STM's offense Friday was led by Demicah Arnaldo and Mia Beliveau with 14 and 10 points respectively.

Arnaldo has accumulated the most points for the red and white in the 16-team tournament thus far: 53 in three games.

This included a game-high 25 points in STM's provincials opener against Kalamalka (Coldstream) on Wednesday, Feb. 28, plus 14 more against Notre Dame (Vancouver) on Thursday, Feb. 29.

The Knights' game-by-game results are as follows:

  • 53-34 win over Kalamalka
  • 52-49 win over Notre Dame
  • 70-44 loss to Mulgrave

STM was placed fifth prior to the start of provincials after claiming the Fraser North AA senior girls basketball title in an 89-32 rout over Archbishop Carney (Port Coquitlam).


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