Senior girls basketball team ready for tip-off

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) basketball teams will be in action next Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Castlegar.

The Grand Forks Secondary senior girls basketball squad works on their passing at practice on Dec. 2.

The Grand Forks Secondary senior girls basketball squad works on their passing at practice on Dec. 2.

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) basketball teams will be in action next Wednesday, Dec. 11, when all three teams (grade 8, junior and senior) travel to Castlegar to take on their Stanley Humphries Secondary School (SHSS) counterparts.The three boys teams, meanwhile, will be hosting their SHSS counterparts in Grand Forks at the school.All three girls teams started practices towards the end of November at the completion of volleyball season.For the senior girls team, the Wolves will rely heavily on seniors such as high scoring guard Shayna Plotnikoff.The team has a new coach this year, former player Brittni Pauls, and is working hard on defence and passing.“We have a strong four in grade 12 that have played together since grade 8,” said Plotnikoff. “This is the same team we had in junior year.”Plotnikoff says that practices have been going well so far and the team is looking sharp so far.“It’s been really good,” she said. “We’ve been working hard. We’ve got some good players. We’ve worked on a lot so far and we’re looking forward to our first game.”Plotnikoff adds that the team is strong in the backcourt and works well together.“We have some really good shooter and some good ball-handlers,” she said. “I feel we work really well together because we’ve played together for so many years.”With the team moving to single A (smaller schools designation), Plotnikoff says they’re looking forward to new rivalries.“I’m hoping we do really well,” she said. “Some of the teams that have been big competition for us (like Nelson and Trail) are higher up now. It’s a fun team. I’m really looking forward to it.”The senior girls first tournament is in Osoyoos on Dec. 13 and 14. But first up, is the exhibition game in Castlegar against the Rockers.