SOIS hosted the 2019 Western Japan Athletic Association (WJAA) high school girls varsity basketball championship tournament January 18-19 in a chilly Sabers gym, and the Sabers thrilled the home crowd by winning the WJAA title, defeating Yokohama International School in the finals, 35-32. In a scrappy defensive battle full of turnovers and jump balls, neither team could mount much of an offensive attack. OIS senior Niki Heimer led the Sabers with 10 points, with SIS senior Yulia Ikumi adding 9 points despite spending much of the game on the bench with foul trouble. Haruka Mibuchi scored 8 points, Akari Sugimoto added 4, and Sakura Okamoto and Karen Akashi each chipped in 2 points to round out the scoring for Coach Sagara's team.
Coach Heimer, SOIS AD