Toilers get a good result but seek better play

Matthew Gourlie
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Peacock and Assiniboia win senior girls action

Peacock's Caleb Havanka passes the ball to teammate Braeden Crone, left, after Caronport's Inyota Mwunvaneza closed off the lane to the basket.

Wins and losses aren’t as important as progress at this stage of the basketball season.

Typically when coaches talk about worrying about the performance rather than the result it comes after a loss.

That wasn’t the case Thursday as Peacock senior boys coach Bryan Adams was left scratching his head following the Toilers 86-43 win over the Caronport Cougars in Moose Jaw High School Basketball League play.

“We were terrible. We played really bad basketball,” said Adams. “We’re really not thinking too much playing the game. We’re very athletic, we have good size and we have some good skill and we’re relying on that.

“We have to learn that we’re not always going to be bigger and more athletic than other people.”

The Toilers boys team raced out to a comfortable lead in the early stages of the game and were ahead by 15 points at the end of the quarter.

As much as they were able to control the game, Adams felt some bad habits were creeping into his team’s play.

“We’re not doing some things in a basketball-sense that we have to do,” he said. “We have to learn how to execute in order for us to take a step forward as a basketball team. This week we didn’t do that.”

Braeden Crone led the Toilers with 21 points. Caleb Havanka added 15 points and Sawyer Buettner sank four three-pointers. Jonny Toews led Caronport with nine points.

In Thursday’s senior girls action Peacock beat Caronport 87-26 and Assiniboia beat Central 43-39.

Peacock remained unbeaten and bounced back after they got a scare Tuesday from Assiniboia.

Amy Williams scored 23 points to lead the Toilers, while Megan Crone added 20 points, Libby Epoch had 19 points and Caitlyn Kitts had 18 points.

Randi Fehr led Caronport with 10 points.

In Assibiboia, Central led for most of the game and were able to handle Assiniboia’s press.

The Rockets finally surged ahead late in the fourth quarter when Camara Miller made a tough shot. Sheridan Mergel converted a three-point play at the free throw line to extend the Rockets lead to four points late in the game and they were able to hang on.

Mergel finished with 14 points and Courtney Davies added 10 points.

Central’s Paige Newans scored 14 points and did a good job of helping the Cyclones break the press. Gabby Lorge added eight points.

Organizations: Moose Jaw High School Basketball League

Geographic location: Assiniboia, Caronport

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