Adjustments pay dividends for Toilers

Katie Brickman
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Strong start by Cyclones wasn’t enough

Despite losing by 25 points, the Central Cyclones are happy with their performance.

Libby Epoch of the Peacock Toilers drives to the net as Gabby Lorge from Central tries to defend during senior girls high school basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

They should be considering they started out strong against the Peacock Toilers and trailed by three points after the first quarter.

However, the Cyclones started the next quarter flat and the Toilers made some adjustments and that was the difference.

Peacock went on to win 85-60 in senior girls high school basketball action on Tuesday evening.

“I think we came out flying and we know that we have a lot of talent on our team,” said Jocelyn Wigmore, head coach for Central. “I think they just came out a little bit flat in the second quarter, but we are really happy with our effort.”

The Cyclones were aggressive and put in a strong effort in the opening quarter. In the past, Central would come out timid when playing against Peacock, but they played tough.

“Full credit to Central, I thought they played a really great first quarter,” said Renee Verge, head coach for Peacock. “It is always tough playing in a little court here. I thought they played a really nice first quarter and our girls responded by settling down and doing what we do best.”

As much offensive power as the Toilers have up and down their lineup, it was their defence that they adjusted before the second quarter which proved to be the biggest difference in enabling them to create more on offence.

“It is huge to adjust. We knew that and we prepped the kids. It is hard to play our style of game in a small gym, so we have to make some offensive adjustments to that,” explained Verge. “We find this team works better offensively when they play aggressive defence and that is what we keyed in on in the second half.”

The Cyclones hope to be able to build of what they did well in that first quarter and get into that mindset of being competitive right from tip-off in games.

“I think that things started to go our way and they were moving on offence and it is a lot easier to get confidence when the shots start falling. That was happening for us and we kept building on it,” said Wigmore. “Sure the scoreboard said we lost, but we definitely feel like we won some things in that game and that is something to be proud of.”

Both teams will look to continue their momentum into the weekend when they co-host 16 teams at the Moose Jaw senior girls invitational tournament. Action begins on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. when Peacock plays Johnson. At 8 p.m., Central hosts Melville.

In other senior girls action, Vanier got their first win of the season over Assiniboia.

Vanier led from start to finish, winning 52-39 over the Rockets.

In junior girls action from Monday, Peacock beat Riverview/Cornerstone 52-25 and Vanier beat Central 52-39.

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