We had the clear edge in talent, but Les Carnicas (Laruche’s 2nd D2 senior team) were scrappy and tough and hungry, words that did not in any way describe your Spartans on this night.
When you are flat-footed, you are always second to loose balls. When your legs are heavy, you don’t fast break. When you’re not hungry on defense, you get no deflections. For whatever reason…frigid weather?...Blue Monday?...only having 8 players make the trip?...for whatever reason the get up and go that we played with against Galt, it apparently got up and went.
It was our worst defensive game in some time, relying on Kenz to save our bacon time and again with (at least) 15 blocked shots. And offensively it wasn’t much better, with airballs, from all distances, being the order of the day.
But luck played a part in this one. In the first half we got a lot of calls, resulting in a huge edge in free throws. And even more importantly, Laruche simply missed a million shots. If they get a few of those to drop, then it’s a different outcome.
But sometimes being lucky is better than being good, so we’ll take the 30-18 win. But not without a shout-out to Player Of The Game Lea-Rose Remillard, who provided a critical spark off the bench in the 4th quarter with hustle plays, patented baseline jumpers, and MONSTER offensive rebounds down the stretch. You never have to worry about Lea-Rose’s toughness. She knows no other way.
When the final whistle blew, we knew we had dodged a bullet. That we didn’t really deserve this win, and that there was a real chance complacency was setting in, what with our gaudy win/loss record. There wasn’t much to say about our performance. So we did all we could do. With A&W on our minds, we picked up our stuff. And we got up and went.
Four days until the BCS Invitational Tournament, ladies. Let’s get our mojo back.
- Coaches Van Dyke & Wolfe
The year so far….
Overall Record: 18 wins 2 losses
RSEQ League Play: 5 wins 1 loss
Points for per game: 39.2 Points allowed per game: 30.4
Stanstead Invitational Tournament CHAMPIONS
M.I.S. Tournament CHAMPIONS