Fundamentals key to the season for junior girls basketball Wolves

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) junior girls basketball start their season on Wednesday with a road game in Castlegar

The GFSS junior girls are ready for the season to tip-off. Players are: (front row from left) Alaina Condruk

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) junior girls basketball start their season on Wednesday with a road game in Castlegar at Stanley Humphries Secondary (SHSS).The team will be playing the middle game of a triple header there with the grade 8s playing first and the senior teams playing last.The trip will be a home coming of sorts for GFSS junior coach (and Gazette reporter) Craig Lindsay, who coached at SHSS for two years.“It should be fun,” said Lindsay. “The teams should be pretty evenly matched. Both teams have some good athletes and not a lot of size. So I think it’ll come down to which team handles the ball better and passes well.”The GFSS juniors have been practicing for about three weeks now, since volleyball season ended. The team has 12 players with a good mix of grade 9s and 10s. With the last two grade 8 teams winning the West Kootenay championship in back to back years, the team is expected to be quite competitive this year.“The girls have been improving at every practice,” said Lindsay. “They’re working hard and showing good commitment so far.”Helping Lindsay coach is Dan Markortoff, who’s daughter Alyssa is on the team.The players have been working hard on ball-handling, shooting and team defence.“It’s a long season but we need to get the fundamentals down early so can build on them,” said Lindsay, who has coached in B.C. for more than 20 years.

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