Toilers remain unbeaten

Katie Brickman
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Spirits rebound from bad first half

After a successful weekend, it was all about carrying momentum.

Zoe Tremblay of the Peacock Toilers and Kenzie Murdock from Vanier fight for a loose ball during senior girls high school basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

Both the Peacock Toilers and the Vanier Spirits had positive weekends, but only the Toilers seem to continue that push on Tuesday night.

The Toilers remain unbeaten in league and tournament action, defeating the Spirits 68-38 in senior girls basketball action on Tuesday night.

The Toilers also won a tournament in Warman over the weekend.

The Spirits are coming off a confidence boosting consolation side win at the Ned Andreoni Memorial tournament they hosted.

“I don’t think we carried momentum in, but I think in the second half, we realized what we can do and we were able to compete at a higher level,” said Bob Gottselig, head coach for Vanier. “We know we faced a talented team and I felt that we didn’t give it our best level of compete in the first half. We talked about that in the second half … lets go out and do what we do best against this team.”

Gottselig wasn’t impressed with how his team started the game, but did give them credit after turning around at half time.

They were down 36-13 a half time and only scored four points in the opening quarter.

“I thought in the second half, we shot the ball really well, when we had a lane to the hole, we took it towards the net, we denied some cuts into the key,” said Gottselig. “On the defensive end, we did a better job boxing out and getting some rebounds. We played nowhere near perfect, but I liked our game better in the second half.”

For the Toilers, this game was all about continuing to carry that momentum from one game to the next and from one tournament to the next.

They will need to bring their best games this weekend when they head to Saskatoon to face some steep competition in another tournament.

“It has all 5A schools. We know we are in over our heads, so we just wanted to tweak a few things here,” said Renee Verge, head coach for Peacock. “We have one more practice that we want to build on and see if we can compete with some schools that are bigger than we are.”

The most important thing for the Toilers was getting everyone involved in the play against the Spirits because they tried some fresh tactics.

“We implemented a few new things that we want to try and run this weekend. We added a few things that were important to us and we got minutes for everyone,” said Verge. “We knew coming into this game that there would be lots of minutes for everybody and we tried to platoon people. All the stuff we worked on that was new, everyone got an opportunity to work on those in a game situation, which was important to us.”

Macaela Crone had a game high 21 points for the Toilers and Amanda Miller led the way for the Spirits with nine points in the loss.

In other senior girls action, Caronport defeated Central 76-50. Karis Fawcett led the way for Caronport with 17 points whereas Diana Lumbala had a game high 20 points in the loss.

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