Bench a factor in Toilers win

Katie Brickman
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Peacock remains unbeaten in senior girls basketball

No matter who is on the court for the Peacock Toilers, every player shows poise.

Macaela Crone of Peacock shoots over top of Charisa Kienle from Caronport during senior girls high school basketball action on Tuesday night. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

“It is really nice to have confidence in our bench players,” said Caitlyn Kitts of Peacock. “I think that is a really important element of the team that is successful — to have complete confidence in someone coming off the bench and scoring, playing good defence, which all of our bench players do.”

The Toilers flipped between their starters and bench quite often as they cruised to an 81-29 victory over the Caronport Cougars on Tuesday evening in senior girls high school basketball action.

“At the beginning, we are a little nervous, but as the game goes, we build up confidence and realize they are human,” said Kennedy Kuntz of Caronport.

The Cougars struggled to score offensively, partly due to tight defence from Peacock but also because of their learning curve on plays.

“We are also learning a new play on offence, so that adds to it,” said Kuntz.

Despite the lopsided score, Kuntz personally enjoys playing a team like the Toilers.

“I enjoy playing Peacock because it is a challenge. They are a 4A school and we are a 3A school,” said Kuntz. “I find that I play better defence when I have better competition to play. I think we all have fun.”

For the Toilers, their defence held the Cougars to just seven points in the first quarter. They only would add six in the second quarter for 13 points at the half-time break. They came on strong in the third quarter, but again struggled with shooting in the fourth quarter, when they scored seven points.

The biggest component of the Toilers defence is being vocal on the floor. Kitts is very assertive on the court in letting her teammates know where screens are coming from or helping if someone is beat on the drive.

“The communication is key for our team. We wouldn’t be the team we are today if we didn’t have communication. Our defence, we work so hard in practice to have it be where it is at,” said Macaela Crone from Peacock. “Kittsy (Kitts) is our loudest girl on our team and she encourages our team to talk. Our defence talks to each other and know where we are (and) call for help.”

Being that talkative on defence leads to a strong offensive push when Kitts, Crone or Alia Baigent pull down rebounds. They are able to quickly find the outlet pass to guards Libby Epoch or Shannon Patoine.

“Knowing where that outlet is to get the fast break going is important,” said Kitts. “That is our main offence and having that confidence in knowing where your outlet is makes it that much easier to get it going.”

Epoch has a game high 16 points and Crone added 13 points for Peacock. In the loss, Lauren Janzen scored 10 points and Kuntz added eight points.  

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