The Holy Cross Crusaders honoured one of their family by winning all three games they played in the inaugural Tessa's Tournament.
Named in memory of former Crusader star Tessa Beauchamp who lost a battle with cancer one year ago, Tessa's Tournament brought together some of the best class AA senior girls' basketball teams in the province for some pre-post-season action. In addition to the top-ranked Crusaders, the tournament featured third-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas, fourth-ranked Wellington, sixth-ranked Sa-Hali, 10th-ranked Vernon and honourable mention Archbishop Carney.
"It wasn't like most tournaments with a draw and a playoff; it was more a case of matching up teams so they could play opponents they haven't seen before," said Holy Cross coach Steve Beauchamp, Tessa's father.
"It was funny because during our game against Vernon I counted six cameras on tripods and three ipads filming - everybody was looking for game film on everybody else."
The Crusaders opened the tournament with an impressive 8146 romp over Wellington on Friday afternoon. Michelle Bos and Rachel Beauchamp combined for 58 points to lead Holy Cross.
Saturday morning the Crusaders were back on the court against Vernon where they used home court to their advantage and rolled to a 73-40 win.
Holy Cross closed out the weekend by doubling up on Sa-Hali 86-43 Saturday afternoon.