Bench key in Toilers win

Katie Brickman
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Cyclones still adapting to systems

Having confidence in one’s bench came be an important factor in winning basketball games.

Libby Epoch of the Peacock Toilers (left) and Diana Lumbala of Central fight for possession as Madeleine McDougall defends Lumbala from driving to the net during senior girls basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

By Katie Brickman


The Peacock Toilers have that in their starters and their bench players and that was proven in their 83-50 victory over the Central Cyclones in senior girls basketball league action on Tuesday evening.

“In practice, our bench players are really important in making us better and we make them better,” said Caitlyn Kitts of the Toilers. “So, when we have a game like this, we can put them on with confidence. They are dedicated at practice and they work hard.”

The Toilers got off to an early 10-0 lead, but the Cyclones did get stronger as the game went on, but the potent offence of Peacock was just too much.

“We have been practicing movement on offence and it just wasn’t clicking and our shots wouldn’t fall. It was good besides that,” said Paige Newans from the Cyclones. “We started off a little shaky because we were a little intimidated, but as the night went on, we got stronger and we started to move our feet and started clicking.”

Despite being confident in their abilities and know that they do intimate other teams, but the Toilers remain levelheaded.

“I think it is really important not to get cocky about those kinds of things. There is a fine line between being confident and being cocky,” said Kitts. “We are confident in our abilities and our talents and we are confident in each other.”

The Cyclones used their bench as well and they were able to work on different systems on offence and defence.

“We get to work on our offence against a tough defence and it will make us better,” said Newans.

Central also worked on their press, but the Toilers and point guard Libby Epoch easily broke it.  Despite knowing that the Toilers would be able to break the press, the Cyclones wanted to work on it.

“It was nice to see that we worked on that, but Libby is such a good ball-handler and makes it tough,” said Newans.

The Toilers played tight defence throughout the game, including bringing in a zone.

“We have been working really hard on keeping our hands up, which is most important. We have been working on a zone, which we haven’t done here in my time,” stated Kitts. “I think that is really important when playing a team like Central who is strong in the paint. Working on our zone and having our hands up, stealing a lot of passes and taking away lanes is what has made us so successful.”

Newans and Diana Lumbala were strong in the paint for the Cyclones, including scoring 16 points and 13 points, respectively.

“We have been working on our post movement together in practice, so it is starting to come together in games,” said Newans.

The Toilers were led by Epoch with 24 points and Zoe Tremblay added 17 points in the win.

In junior girls volleyball action from Monday, Central defeated Peacock 53-34. Kasey Gardner had a game high 24 points for Central and Tina Nguygen added seven for Peacock.

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