The first home games in the season for senior Wildcat basketball teams turned out to be less august than hoped for, with visiting Camrose teams delivering heavy defeats to local boys and girls.
In the first game on Thursday, Dec. 17, senior girls lost to the guest team 63-38 in a fast but lop-sided game.
Wildcats committed many passing and dribbling errors leading to turnovers, which the opponents used efficiently to score in transition from the very outset.
While the visiting team continued its dominance in the court, the Wildcat girls did make a serious effort in the second half to bring balance to the scoreboard, but the Camrose team’s strength in play formation and their better skills in offensive and defensive rebounds did not allow the local girls to close the gap.
At the senior boys’ game which took place next, size turned out to be a significant factor when the host team, made up of substantially taller players dominated in the rebounding struggle at both ends of the court.
As the shorter team, when the Wildcats sought score with distant jump-shots instead of set play or fast breaks, the visiting team found opportunities to control the game from the beginning to the end.
Lack of coordination and a high number of turnovers on the part of the local boys also contributed to the 86-35 loss.
Senior Wildcat basketball teams now go into Christmas break and they will be playing West Central High School of Rocky Mountain House on Tuesday, Jan. 5.