The YISS basketball teams finished out their respective seasons last week. Both JV teams had local KAIAC tournaments, and the varsity squads had KAIAC tournaments and then traveled overseas for their ACSC competitions.
The JV girls earned a win at their tournament against Chadwick. Their hard work and determination throughout the season finally paid off with a big win. At the JV Boys Tournament, the team came up a point short against Dalton, but Caleb G. led the way in scoring with 8 points and came away with 5 points.
After a 5th place at the KAIAC tournament, the varsity girls basketball team traveled to Taiwan for its annual ACSC Tournament hosted by Morrison Academy. Playing in the harder of the two pools, the Lady Guardians played host Morrison, defending champs Faith and upstart ICS-Hong Kong, losing to all three while still adapting to the international game. They then faced #1 seed St. Paul in the first round of bracket play. The girls kept it close in the first quarter but eventually lost sending YISS into the loser's bracket. But this was where their luck would change. Facing a young Dalat team, the Guardians pulled out a 42-29 victory and set up a rematch with ICS-Hong Kong, to whom they had lost by 18 points the day before. In their 3rd game of the day, with a guaranteed 4th place finish if they won, the Lady Guardians came out excited, but quickly found themselves down by 16 points. Then things started to click, and they clawed their way back, suddenly finding themselves down by just one point. The Lady Guardians scored a couple more baskets, made their free throws, and finished with the upset of the tournament, a 41-38 victory over ICS. While they lost the next game to a tough Grace team, they claimed 4th for the tournament. Over the tourney Soo L., Ashley C., Andre L., and Rachel K. all led the team in scoring for a game, and every girl on the squad scored. Soo L. was named KAIAC all-conference and all-tournament and All-ACSC.
The varsity boys team finished their season with a 4th place finish in the KAIAC tournament and a 6th place finish at the ACSC tournament. Corban R. capped off a great season and took home all-conference and all-tournament honors for KAIAC while Nathan M. played his way into all-tournament honors at the ACSC tournament. It was a great season for a much-improved varsity boys team.
It was a very successful and exciting end to a good season for basketball.