Basketball season off to a shaky start

Basketball season got off to an easy start for William E. Hay’s JV girls’ team while the JV boys’ team took a heavy blow in their first game at home court.

Up to the basket - JV Wildcat boys found it hard to penetrate the Raiders defense but did manage to score through close shots.

Up to the basket - JV Wildcat boys found it hard to penetrate the Raiders defense but did manage to score through close shots.

Basketball season got off to an easy start for William E. Hay’s JV girls’ team while the JV boys’ team took a heavy blow in their first game at home court.

JV girls sailed to a safe 66-45 win on Monday evening, Dec. 7 at the Stettler Elementary School gym over Lindsay Thurber Raiders of Red Deer.

The girls established an early lead and maintained it throughout the game.

Coach Norbert Baharally was pleased with the team’s performance.

“The girls played very well and everyone worked very hard,” he said.

“All of the girls contributed with the team scoring.”

Kelsey Bissett and Mykayla Sorensen led the team by scoring 18 and 14 points respectively.

As for the boys, they lost to the junior boy Raiders team 92-35 in a game that saw the visiting team score more than half of their points in transition.

“We moved the ball too much, and we had a lot of turnovers,” said coach Warren Aspenes.

“The game showed that we still have a lot to learn.”

Aspenes said while his team’s athletic ability was not in question, it was clear that basketball experience of the boys had to be built up.

“Our experience of basketball game was not a match to the other team,” he said.

JV basketball teams now go into Christmas break.

Senior boy and girl Wildcat basketball teams are also scheduled to open their season this week.