GFSS girls fall to Crowe Hawks

Both the grade 8 girls and senior girls teams from GFSS lost Wednesday in Trail.

Tara Makortoff (white jersey) of the GFSS grade 8 team drives to the hoop against J.L. Crowe in a game Wednesday in Trail.

Both the grade 8 girls and senior girls teams from Grand forks Secondary lost Wednesday in Trail.

The grade 8 Wolves had a close one, coming from down 10 to within two of J.L. Crowe. The Wolves had a chance to tie at the end but missed, eventually losing 24-22.

The senior girls lost 58-28 against a quick and aggressive Crowe team. The senior Wolves found themselves down 17-2 in the first quarter after giving up several fast break baskets. However, some strong defence and good ball movement put the Wolves within eight in the second quarter but the Crowe Hawks pulled ahead with their strong shooting and aggressive play.

“They stunned us early with their pressure defence and run-outs,” said coach Craig Lindsay. “We didn’t take care of the ball and had no defensive balance. No one was getting back on defence. Once we made some adjustments there we did much better.”

J.L. Crowe ran a 3-2 zone, which GFSS had not seen before.

“We had been working primarily on our man to man offence so we really weren’t prepared,” said Lindsay. “But I used a timeout and drew up a simple zone offence and the girls did quite well considering we hadn’t practiced it.”

Lindsay added that defensively the Wolves gave up far too many open shots and lay-ups.

“We’re going to be working a lot on close-outs next practice that’s for sure,” he said. “Trail is one of the best three point shooting teams we’ve seen and we just let them fire away.”

Lindsay did say the team rebounded quite well and when they had a chance to set up the press they were very effective.

Next up for the senior team is a tournament in Midway on Feb. 6/7. The junior girls play in Midway this weekend.