By Greg Price
David has continued to slay Goliath as far as the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls basketball team is concerned.
A team not blessed with a lot of height has taken its slingshot of skill and athleticism to the court in which it continues to go undefeated.
The Rebels varsity girls basketball team are now 12-0 thanks to a 82-66 victory on the road in Southern Alberta High School Girls Basketball League play last week.
Faced with a team in the Kwahommies that had starters that were six-foot-three, five-foot-11, and five-foot-11, the Rebels knew they would be tough.
“Defensively, we knew we had to put a lot of pressure on their guards, which would make it very difficult to pass the ball in to their post players. This was our plan, and it worked quite well. We caused a lot of turnovers in midcourt which converted into a lot of fast-break points for us,” said Kenney Wood, head coach of the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls basketball team. “Another game plan was to not be intimidated by their height and take it right at them. This also worked very well, we were able to get their six-foot-three player into early foul trouble and then got her fouled out early in the fourth quarter . The girls playing against her were giving up a lot of inches, but they fought her very hard.”
Three Rebels finished in double-digit scoring with Hayley Lepard leading the way with 21 points. Millay Johnson had 19 points and Katessa Gross chipped in 12.
“Defensively, Chelsea Hubble, Sadie Lund and Paige Wood guarded the six-foot-three girl and they couldn’t have done it any better,” said Wood as the Rebels girls continue to be ranked second in the province in 3A. “Tiffani Olsen, Taylor Moser, Megan Jansen and Natalie Hoyt gave us great minutes coming off the bench and played tremendous pressure defence which allowed us to get many lay-up opportunities.”
Diploma exams mean the Rebels are off the hardcourt for awhile, returning Jan. 28 with a rescheduled home game against Magrath Pandas.
The team’s homestand continues Jan. 30 against Kate Andrews Price and Feb. 3 against Raymond Comets. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m. all games with varsity to follow at approximately 8 p.m.