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Mustangs senior girls head coach pleased with team’s play

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am

George McDougall Mustangs player Hannah McCormick prepared to take a long-range jump shot during the Rocky View Sports Association senior girls basketball season opener against the Chestermere Lady Lakers on Dec. 4.
George McDougall Mustangs player Hannah McCormick prepared to take a long-range jump shot during the Rocky View Sports Association senior girls basketball season opener against the Chestermere Lady Lakers on Dec. 4.
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Despite the fact the George McDougall Mustangs senior girls basketball team came out on the losing end of a 43-34 decision to the Chestermere Lady Lakers on Dec. 4, Head Coach Janet Geddes was pleased with how the squad performed in its Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) season opener.

“I thought we did a fantastic job for our first game, and I think we gave Chestermere a real run for their money,” Geddes said. “I think they thought it might be a little bit of an easier game, but the girls came ready to win that game.”

“We came extremely close in doing that, and I think the girls will be looking to keep that momentum up heading into the Christmas break,” she added.

The 2013/14 senior girls basketball squad at George McDougall is a bit of a different one than years past, as the majority of last year’s team have graduated from the high school ranks.

“It’s quite a mix really, as we have four Grade 12 players, two Grade 11 students, and four Grade 10 players who we have called up to play on the team,” Geddes said. “Every time we practice or every time we play a game, we just keep getting stronger and stronger, and that is very encouraging.”

With this year’s team still coming together in the chemistry department, the main focus for the Mustangs right now has come in the defensive side of the game.

“The girls are extremely hungry and ready to play hard, and they don’t want to be put into situations where they get hammered on the scoreboard,” Geddes said.

“Our main goal right now is to have a strong defensive team, as it’s always key to stop the other team from getting baskets.”

“If we can stop the other team’s offense, our chances to win increase that much more as we have better odds of heading down the court and scoring on some easy baskets,” she added.

After going on the road to take on the Cochrane Cobras on Dec. 11 in Cochrane (results were not known as of press time), the Mustangs will take on its archrivals in the Bert Church Chargers in its final RVSA game before Christmas on Dec. 16.

The opening tip-off for that game will take place at 7:45 p.m. in the Bert Church gym.


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