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SG Basketball D2: The Other Side

Erik Van Dyke
 Sometimes the narrative is simple. Sometimes the other team just plays really well.
That’s my feeling after College Sacre-Coeur handled us pretty easily 51-33 last night in Sherbrooke. It wasn’t a lack of effort on our part; in fact, I liked our warmup and intensity right from the get go. We were ready on defense, we were active in transition, and we fought hard for rebounds and loose balls.
But our opponents were simply better on this night. Employing intelligent strategies on both offense AND defense, the CSC players shot the ball well from outside, pressured us constantly, and crashed the boards aggressively. They didn’t make many mistakes, and they forced us into quite a few uncharacteristic ones (18 turnovers…ugh).
That said, there WERE three bright spots that deserve mention:
1)      Rosy Ladouceur had another great game. Slowly but surely her basketball IQ is catching up to her natural athleticism. Sometimes some of us look a step slow compared to our D2 opponents, but that is never true for Rosy. Keep playing with confidence!
2)      I was impressed with the comeback we staged in the 3rd quarter. Trying a new defense that we rarely ever play, the girls adapted and fought for every inch, closing the gap from 18 pts down at halftime to just 8 pts with a minute left in the quarter. If we’d managed to corral a few more defensive rebounds in that final minute, who knows?, maybe we bring it all the way back?...
3)      And finally there was Player Of The Game Emily Willis, who had a MONSTER performance. How’s this for a statline? 18 pts (on only 12 shots!), 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks, and only 2 turnovers despite being the principal ball-handler against pressure defense. Itellya, if we could have gotten her more shots, she might have dropped 40 pts last night, the way she was feeling it.
All in all, it was a good game against a strong team who was firing on all cylinders on their home floor. Nothing to hang our heads about, let’s just use it to try to get better.
Because the Bailly and the MacLeod are getting closer…closer…
- Coaches Van Dyke & Wolfe
The year so far….
Overall Record: 20 wins 5 losses      
RSEQ League Play: 5 wins 2 loss
Points for per game: 37.2     Points allowed per game: 29.0
Stanstead Invitational Tournament CHAMPIONS
M.I.S. Tournament CHAMPIONS