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Chargers junior girls basketball team finish second at zones

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:33 pm

Olivia DePasquale of the Bert Church Chargers worked her way to the basket in the RVSA junior girls basketball title game on March 8 in Springbank. The Chargers finished in second place for the third straight year at the South Central Zones in Okotoks on March 15.
Olivia DePasquale of the Bert Church Chargers worked her way to the basket in the RVSA junior girls basketball title game on March 8 in Springbank. The Chargers finished in second place for the third straight year at the South Central Zones in Okotoks on March 15.
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The Bert Church Chargers junior girls basketball are experiencing a severe case of déjà vu.

For the third straight year, the Chargers earned a silver medal at the South Central Zone championships in Okotoks on March 15, after it lost in the finals to the Foothills Falcons of Okotoks by a score of 69-63.

“It was one of those games where both teams would go on lengthy scoring runs,” Chargers Head Coach Andy Kirk said.

“In the first half, they got up on us with a 12-point lead, and then we were able to crawl our way back and tie the game up before halftime.”

“In the second half, they got up by 11 and we were able to get the deficit down to three points with about a minute-and-a-half left to go in the fourth quarter,” he added.

“By that point though, we needed to play the foul game in order to get back in it, and they were able to make their free throws to get the win.”

Although Kirk expected that the South Central Zone title game would probably be a close one, he didn’t expect to see the wild scoring fluctuations between the two sides.

“I figured that both teams would be going back and forth with one another, but I was really surprised that we would go on a run for a little bit and they would have a run of their own,” Kirk said.

“In junior basketball, you sometimes have those games where things can change pretty quickly,” he added.

The Chargers, who was the top seed in this year’s tournament, made its way to the finals thanks to victories over the Olds Spartans in the quarterfinals and the Holy Trinity Knights of Okotoks in the semi-finals.

“We took care of things pretty quickly against Olds, but the game against Holy Trinity was a little bit of a different one for the girls,” Kirk said.

“They were a big team, and things got a little bit physical at times.”

“However, our girls worked through that and they were able to work their way through the challenges to get the win,” he added.

Although the Chargers fell one game short in its quest to win a zone championship, Coach Kirk said the girls on this year’s squad should look back on this season with pride.

“We had a very good year with a very talented group of girls leading the way,” Kirk said. “We had a solid team all year in our league (the Rocky View Sports Association), and we also did well against the teams that we played from bigger cities like Calgary and Edmonton in tournaments.”

“It was another successful season for our program,” he added.

The junior girls were one of three Chargers team that made it to the zone finals on March 15.

The Chargers junior boys team lost to the Cochrane Cobras in the championship game in Okotoks, while the senior girls team was defeated by the Holy Trinity Knights in Olds.


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