The Stettler Wildcats JV girls’ basketball team has had a great run this season, with two league games yet to be played.
“This has been a strange year and it’s a first for me, that’s for sure,” said Coach Charisse McDonald. “It has been fun to win, but we would love to have had a few closer games to push us to excel.”
This past weekend the JV girls played in a home tournament and had a very successful weekend.
Playing Rimbey on Friday, Feb. 10 the girls overcame them easily 58-28. This was followed by their game against Camrose the same night and once again the JV girls showed their peak form, winning 60-25.
On Saturday, Feb. 11 the girls took on Strathcona-Tweedsmuir from Okotoks in the final and won 60-30.
“We are so fortunate to get scoring from all our players,” McDonald said. “Tori Brower, Emily Brown and Brooklyn Perry are often our high scorers, but it’s a rare game when everyone hasn’t contributed on the scoresheet. The girls are very unselfish with the ball.”
The JV girls are currently undefeated this season with two league games left to play.
“Most of our games haven’t been close and tonight’s game against Notre Dame will be our last big test before the finals,” McDonald added. “Our strengths this season have been our speed, shooting and defence.”
The league tournament will be in Red Deer on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4.
JV boys struggle for ways to win some games
The JV boys’ team has had a tough season with many on the team never playing basketball before.
“The boys have had a difficult year,” said Coach Kevin Leis. “There are numerous players who have not played basketball before.”
According to Leis, all players need to be coached more as they work on various skills, primary being defence and shooting hoops.
“We will be working on our defence and shooting over the next few days.”
Leis said one of the major drawbacks throughout the season has been a lack of commitment by the players, which will always reflect in the performance.
“We will be working on passing the ball better in practice,” Leis said.