Totems, coached by former SFU bench boss Allison McNeill, carry 39-0 season record into final game We can only guess what the Semiahmoo Totems might be up to a year from now.The Totems, with a line-up loaded with Grade 10s, beat the defending champion Kelowna Owls 82-64 Friday in the semifinals of the Triple A girls basketball provincial championships at the Langley Events Centre. The tournament’s top seed, the Totems will now carry their 39-0 season record into Saturday’s 5 p.m. finale against the No. 2 Walnut Grove Gators, who advanced with a 73-63 win Friday over the No. 6 Brookswood Bobcats.Friday was the one-year anniversary of Semiahmoo falling 81-59 to Kelowna in the 2018 semifinals.“They are quite a bit better,” Kelowna coach Darren Semeniuk said of the 2019 Semiahmoo incarnation compared to the 2018 one. “What I noticed from last year to this year is the physical change in their bodies. That one year of physical maturity is huge. It’s massive. That’s what made them not ready last year.“Next year? They’ll miss Faith (Dut, their 6-foot-3 Grade 12 centre who is committed to the University of Florida), but they’ll just play a different style. They’re well coached and they’ll still have pieces, right? They’ll be good.”You’d think that a team still that young might get rattled in situations like Friday, but the group has played an extensive club schedule and they come off as much older than they actually are.Kelowna packed in the middle in the first half, going to a zone defence to try to take away Dut. Semiahmoo had trouble hitting from outside, connecting on just 1-of-13 three-pointers in the first half, and carried only a 34-33 lead into the intermission.There was no signs of panic from the Totems. Coach Allison McNeill says that she stressed to her troops that “we were in good shape, considering how we shot the ball.”They were 10-of-19 from three-point range in the second half, and Kelowna couldn’t respond.“Once you make a couple, confidence builds and everyone starts thinking that they can make them,” said Semeniuk. “It was hard for us to come out of it (the zone scheme) because you give up inside once you start chasing the shooters.“I thought our girls played really tough. They definitely played their best game of the tournament so far. I’m really proud of them.”They are the reigning champions. They lost by 22 points and their coach maintained that was the best game they’ve played this week against a Semiahmoo team with six Grade 10s and one Grade 9 on its 12-player roster.Let that sink in.“We wanted to be here. We knew that we’d have to go through the defending champs, and they’re a great team,” McNeill, the former SFU and national team coach, said of a making the finale. “They’re also a very well-rounded team.“I think we showed some toughness. We have some toughness.”Semiahmoo, of Surrey, beat Langley’s Walnut Grove 77-75 in the final of the prestigious Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out on Jan. 19, but the Totems were missing Dut to a concussion. Dut was in the line-up on Jan. 5, when Semiahmoo scored a 65-60 win over Walnut Grove at their own Gator Invitational.As well, Semiahmoo beat Walnut Grove 79-67 in the Fraser Valley final on Feb. 17.On Friday, Walnut Grove carried a 43-32 lead into the halftime intermission and stretched it to 16 points in the fourth quarter before Brookswood went on a late run to scale it back.Tavia Rowell had 25 points for the winners, while sisters Jessica and Sophia Wisotzki had 14 apiece.Jenna Dick led Brookswood with 14.Semiahmoo got 23 points and 14 rebounds from Grade 10 Izzy Forsyth, while fellow Grade 10s Tara Wallack and Deja Lee added 18 points and 11 rebounds and 15 points and 11 assists.Jaeli Ibbetson counted 30 points and 14 rebounds for Kelowna.The Triple A final is preceded by the Double A final at 3 p.m. which features the No. 1 South Kamloops Titans facing the No. 3 GW Grizzlies in a rematch of last year’s finale, which South Kamloops won in overtime.The junior girls at 1 p.m. has the No. 1 Terry Fox Ravens against No. 2 Kelowna.