Cougars rebound over Spirits

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Confidence was the biggest key to the game for the Caronport Cougars.

Tori Beattie of the Vanier Spirits drives to the net as a couple Caronport Cougars move to defend during senior girls basketball action on Thursday evening in Caronport. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

By Katie Brickman

After being handily beaten by Peacock on Tuesday, the Cougars rebounded with a big 79-31 victory over the Vanier Spirits in senior girls basketball action on Thursday.

“It was very nice because it gives us a little bit more confidence,” said Lauren Janzen of the Cougars.

Caronport came out with a strong first quarter, keeping the Spirits to just a free throw. The score was 25-1 after the opening 10 minutes.

“We just ran the floor and we were always looking up, (which) led to a lot of our transition game,” explained Janzen. “Getting our ball handling and our transition game and running the floor just gave us that confidence to just keep them at one point.”

It has been a rough start to the season for the Spirits as they continue to learn and develop their systems.

“It is a new system, so we have a lot to work on,” said Vanier’s Abbi Flanagan.

Not only are the Spirits attempting to learn a new system, many are new players as well, especially the bench players. The starters also have to make changes to their game.

“We have three Grade 10s that we brought up this year and a couple Grade 11s that were on the junior team last year,” stated Flanagan. “Most of our girls this year weren’t on the starting lineup last year. It is just hard for those girls to transition from sitting to getting a lot of time as starters.”

The Spirits struggled throughout the first half as they could barely get over half court before the Cougars forced them to turn over the ball.

“We keyed in on their ball handlers and noticed some things,” said Janzen. “We were looking at their eyes to see where they were passing.”

Although the loss is tough for Vanier, they have seen some improvements already this season.

“We had a lot of girls that were taking it to the basket who usually don’t. Our shots are starting to fall, which is nice,” said Flanagan. “It is going to take a while, but by the end of the year, we are going to get our system down and everything is just going to fall in place.”

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