Mountaineers showed improvement during tourney

MohawkThe Mohawk women’s basketball team finished with a 1-2 record in the Seventh Annual Camosun Chargers Women’s Basketball Christmas Classic in Victoria B.C., on Dec. 28-30.

The team started with a 68-45 loss to the host Chargers. Lacey Wolters scored nine points for the Mountaineers and Carissa Browne had eight.

Mohawk head coach Kevin Duffy felt his squad played very inconsistently, were flat and did a poor job communicating on defense to open the tournament.

Even though they lost game two as well, 75-67, to the Vancouver Island University Mariners of Nanaimo, the coach was full of praise for their effort, especially considering numerous injuries and having to use many players out of position. Wolters led Mohawk again with 13 points, while Rachelle Abella and Porscha Hewitt had 11 each.

In their finale, the Browne sisters paced the attack as Mohawk downed Langara College Falcons of Vancouver, 55-51. Careena Browne led the way with 12 points, while her twin sister, Carissa, added nine.

After losing the first two games of the event, Duffy felt it was great to get a victory before the team headed back home.

“We are really looking forward to getting some practice time in this week and having another opportunity to play and improve at the tourney in Kingston next week,” said Duffy. “Building positive momentum for the second half of the season will be key.”

Mohawk will play in the Vikings Fifth Annual Women’s Invitational Tournament at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Jan. 4-6.