Both Stanley Humphries Secondary girls teams were ungracious hosts to Grand Forks on Tuesday evening as the juniors won 53-38 and the seniors picked up their second win of the season 49-43.
For the juniors, it was a slow start filled with plenty of missed shots in close against the Wolves. But the Rockers hung in and eventually pulled away with their strong rebounding and passing. Svetlana Hadikin led the team with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Rebekah Liszt added 12 points and six assists, while Rachael teBulte chipped in with seven points and 12 rebounds.
“Our first quarter was a little rough. We didn’t have much of a lead,” said Liszt. “The last three quarters we stepped it up and ended up with a good lead.”
The Rockers had a short bench with only seven players available but everyone stepped up and contributed, said Liszt.
” With the amount of players we had our passing was pretty good and running our plays and helping each other,” added the grade 10 point guard. “Our defence wasn’t as strong as we’d like. We played okay man to man half court but we need to work on our rotations.”
The seniors started slowly as well as they battled back and forth with an athletic GF team. Strong performances from Liszt with 19 points, Alyssa Christianson and Rachael teBulte with 10 each, would lead the older team to a close 49-43 victory. The win was the first league win for the senior girls team.
Liszt and junior teammate teBulte were brought up to the senior team to give them six players against Grand Forks. The two found the pace a little quicker and the players a little bigger. With 10 minute quarter as opposed to eight minute quarters in junior, stamina definitely plays more of a factor at the senior level.
“It was much more exhausting. There’s much more running,” said Liszt. “But it’s good. It helps us learn more things.”
The key to the comeback win for the seniors was patience and hard work, said Liszt. “We were down a couple. We just made sure we stayed on our checks and used the backboard when we shot.”
This weekend, the SHSS junior girls host their home tournament which features six teams in total. Joining the Rockers are teams from Rossland, Osoyoos, L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Boundary Central from Midway and Slocan’s Mount Sentinel.
SHSS opens up the tournament Friday at noon with a game against Rossland. The Rockers then battle Osoyoos at 6 p.m. that evening. Semi-finals go at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday morning at the school. The final is at 1 p.m.
“We want to work on our full-court press, and beating LVR,” said Liszt. “They’re a team that we want to beat (after losing to them in the final last weekend in Nelson).”