Kodiaks basketball squads return to action

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The St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks senior basketball teams returned from the holiday break Jan. 9, with each team experiencing a different result but feeling more confident.

For the girls’ team, the squad played in a tightly contested game against the St. Gabriel the Archangel Guardians, utilizing its entire bench throughout the game en route to a 54-39 victory.

“We’re focusing on our defence. We’re working on the defensive fundamentals of our game,” head coach Tammy Paulence said. “Offensively, we have some things to fix, but our scores have evened out (through our four games).

“The girls do struggle when they get excited. I have to remind them the score is 0-0 always.”

Led by the play of Jamie McKinnon, Kennedy Fay and Brianna Caouette, who each hit double-digits in points, the Kodiaks collected its third win of the 2017-18 Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) season.

Now boasting a 3-1 record, the Kodiaks currently sit second in CSHSAA Division 3, two games back of the undefeated Central Memorial Rams.

The boys’ game saw the Kodiaks drop its fourth-straight decision after a tight battle with the Guardians. The team ran out of gas in the final quarter, losing 85-62 in its first home game of the season.

“We’re a smaller school where we don’t have a junior and senior basketball team, we just have senior,” head coach Curtis Senkow said. “I have five Grade 10 players and they’re playing up against kids older than them.

“That can be an intimidating thing. But for them to come in and slowly get the confidence to play against them is beneficial.”

Senkow added his team had a lot of excitement on the bench at its first home game and played its best game of the season.

Throughout the four losses, Senkow said he has seen progression on the court in his players, alluding to his team’s 92-75 loss to the Guardians earlier this season.

Senkow rolled out three Grade 10s in his starting lineup and was pleased with his team’s effort through the first half, where the Kodiaks trailed by just two points after the first quarter and seven points at half time.

With an 0-4 start to the season, some coaches might be panicking but Senkow said with another six regular season games remaining in February, he expects to see results transition for his team on the court.

“The more that we play, regardless of the results, the more familiar (the players) get with one another on the court,” Senkow said. “With (familiarity) confidence happens, where guys are comfortable knowing where guys are going to be on the court. That allows for creativity on the court.”

Both teams head into an extended break for exam period and return to action Feb. 1, when the teams play host to the Queen Elizabeth Knights.

The girls kickoff the evening at 5:30 p.m. and the guys’ game follows up immediately afterwards.

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