© Katie Brickman
The Caronport Cougars practice at the Reimer Gym in Caronport on Wednesday evening as they prepare for 3A girls Hoopla this weekend in Regina.
The Caronport Cougars know they are a completely different team than the last time they faced Indian Head in December. The team is looking forward a rematch against them in their opening game in the 3A girls Hoopla championship on Friday evening in Regina.
“We are very excited,” said Leigh Wolverton, head coach of the Cougars. “We like the match up and when we lost to them, we were just in our beginner stage and they are really looking forward to the rematch. Indian Head is a really strong team, so we are just trying to prepare the best we can for them.
“Our girls are coming along and that last game we were just trying to figure ourselves out. We’ve had time to figure out our strengths and weaknesses and add some systems, which we had done throughout the season.
The team is looking forward to getting back to Hoopla, but with such a new, young group of girls, there are many emotions the team is going through prior to the weekend.
“It’s a big mixture of both…it’s scary, but exciting at the same time,” said Grade 11 student Kenedee Charuk. “I’m sure with the girls on the court, we are just going to amp each other up and play hard.”
The Cougars won silver last year at Hoopla and although there are only three girls returning from that team, they are hoping and confident they can get past Indian Head and move on to play in the final game.
“I think it is our heart,” said Charuk. “I think the biggest thing is just to be calm and I remember my first time last year at Hoopla, I was just scared. You really just have to keep focused on what is going on in the court and not worry about anything off the court.”
The team was practicing their systems on Wednesday evening with the help of some Briercrest Clippers players and the team will be looking to exploit Indian Head’s press
“We have to be prepared for Indian Head’s three quarter press,” said Wolverton. “We have a couple different options on how to break that and we have to approach it properly.”
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