The Central Cyclones played well and won their opening game at the Moose Jaw Senior Girls Invitational Basketball tournament Thursday.
At this stage of the season, the progress in their play on the court is probably just as valuable — if not more so — than the win.
“I thought we carried on some of the aggressive play we saw against Peacock. We’re working on our press and being more aggressive there,” said Cyclones coach Jocelyn Wigmore following the Cyclones’ 67-46 win over the Frontier Raiders.
“I think the girls are moving the ball around better and doing a better job of knowing where they need to be. We’re getting more comfortable playing with each other. It’s coming.”
Tuesday, the Cyclones saw the Peacock Toilers pull away in the second half to hand them a defeat. Both Wigmore and the Cyclones players felt they took a step forward in that loss.
“We tried a lot harder and we did some things that we had worked on in practice that we wanted to do in games,” said Kelsey Heebner, a senior guard for the Cyclones. “We were working on talking more and making effective cuts — things like that.”
In Thursday’s win, the Cyclones continued to make strides.
“Defensively we’re doing a better job of getting up on the ball and being in people’s faces and making it hard for them to get open,” said Wigmore. “Offensively we need to be more aggressive in terms of going up strong, but also looking for shots and not looking to get rid of the ball right away. Sometimes we have tunnel vision and we want to get rid of the ball instead of looking to see if we have the open shot or a lane to drive.”
Heebner and Diana Lumbala led the Cyclones with 14 points, while Ashton Tyerman and Paige Newans each added eight points. Melissa Peacock led Frontier with 19 points.
The Cyclones will face North Battleford Comp. Friday in a quarter-final (9 p.m., Peacock) after North Battleford beat Melville 39-33.