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Hyacks bounced from basketball playdowns

The New Westminster Hyacks streak of reaching the provincial AAA senior girls high school basketball championships came to an abrupt halt Friday.

The Hyacks had been to four consecutive provincial championships and nine in 11 years, but they won't be going there in 2013.

Vancouver's Churchill Bulldogs defeated New Westminster 66-46 in a wildcard playoff game played Friday at Byrne Creek secondary. With the win, the Bulldogs reached the Lower Mainland qualifying tournament known as the Crehan Cup, while the Hyacks played their final game of the season.

New West was hampered in the playoffs without star senior guard Meriam Ali who had suffered a knee injury. Throughout the season Ali had been consistently the Hyacks top scorer rarely finishing with less than 20 points per game.

The loss also marked the final game for seniors Izabelle Datayan, Camille Sangalang and Halima Ali.

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