To say the Vanier Spritis entered the Ned Andreoni Memorial Basketball Tournament with a bit of rust was an understatement.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Alyssa Miller from the Vanier Spirits is fouled by a member of the Regina O'Neill Titans as she tries to drive to the basket in action from the Ned Andreoni Memorial Basketball Tournament Saturday.
The Spirits had a nine-day layoff due to final exams before they opened the tournament Friday with a 70-29 loss to the Weyburn Eagles. Only two weeks earlier Vanier had beaten Weyburn 51-43 at the Moose Jaw Invitational at Peacock when the roles were reversed.
There is construction going on at Weyburn Collegiate Institute which has put them on a slightly different school timetable than the rest of the province.
"They finished the first semester just before the Peacock tournament," said Vanier coach Bob Gottselig. "We played them in that tournament when they had just had a week off and we beat them. They played us with a week off and beat us."
The Sprits quickly regrouped and beat Regina Johnson 59-55 and Regina O'Neill 54-45 to win the consolation side at the seventh annual edition of the girls' basketball tournament.
"Saturday we played a lot more man-to-man defence. Weyburn is significantly taller than any of the teams we played Saturday," said Gottselig. "We went to a zone Friday and the girls weren't finding their checks in their zones and letting them walk all over us so to speak.
"We handled other teams pressure a lot better (on Saturday). We shot a lot better. We missed oodles of easy scoring opportunities and easy lay-ups against Weyburn. The ball just didn't fall for us. It was kind of the whole ball of wax."
Weyburn won the title at the six-team tournament thanks to a 62-43 win over Melfort in the final.