The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) Wolves senior girls’ basketball team earned its first win of the season at a home tournament this past weekend.
The senior girls defeated Boundary Central Secondary School by a final of 37-27 in their tournament opener on Friday afternoon. The win was on the heels of a game head coach Bob Chapman considered the team’s poorest performance, a loss by 40 points to Trail’s J.L. Crowe earlier in the week.
“Friday’s win was a good one because the one we played previously this week was probably the worst game we played all season,” Chapman said. “It was really good, the girls really bounced back and it was really positive.”
Chapman said that turnovers have been a problem for the team but players weren’t passing the ball to the wrong people in the win.
“They had their heads up. If the option wasn’t there, they were turning and making second passes, so that was really good. They hustled and they played great defence,” he said.
As for the remainder of the tournament, Grand Forks lost to J.L. Crowe 58-34 on Saturday morning and 58-28 to Nelson’s L.V. Rogers on Saturday afternoon. The team finished in fourth place of the tournament.
While the team lost to J.L. Crowe, Chapman was happy with how the team performed, especially given the previous game between the two.
“We had a positive game, we didn’t win but we played a really good game. The girls worked really hard and were having a lot of fun,” Chapman explained.
Against L.V. Rogers, the team seemed snake-bitten in the early goings as it failed to make a shot despite a number of opportunities – it wasn’t until well into the first quarter when GFSS made its first basket.
“I feel like we’re improving every game. The (L.V. Rogers) game was a tough game with the shooting but the players are getting lots of shots, and they’re not bad shots, but you get games like this where nothing goes in,” said Chapman. “They just have to keep shooting and eventually they’ll go in.”
Guard Riley Chapman echoed the sentiments of the coach, saying the team was progressing with each game.
“We’ve definitely been improving and from our last tournament, I think we’ve been doing really well,” Chapman said.