The Junior Cagers Basketball tournament Feb. 17-19 hosted four teams from Hay River schools to play basketball against some pretty competitive contenders
The Grade 7 girls team from P.A. school came back to Hay River with gold medals around their necks, although at first they were unsure they could hack it.
Their first game against Yellowknife’s St. Joseph School had them a little worried.
They were also not used to playing with a plexiglass backboard behind the net and the way it affected
rebounds threw them off.
the most challenging game, and it was our first game,” said team member Brooklyn Boudreau.
The team went on to play five more games triumphantly against the Weledeh Wolves, winning 40-2, and beating Range Lake School 36-0, William MacDonald Middle School 39-2, and the Wolves again at 28-0.
This dominance was followed by their final and ultimately gold medal-winning game against St. Joe’s which
resulted in a 29-17 win.
Coach Tara Boudreau said she and other volunteer coaches took the team to task this year, holding seven practices a week.
“They were very committed,” said Boudreau. “Most of the team came to every practice. They did really well this season.”
The team held two after-school practices each week, along with daily morning practices in the school gymnasium from November on.
“I thought we were going to do well the in the tournament,” said team member Jessica Schofield.
At 12 years old, Schofield has been playing basketball for three years and said this year there was much opportunity to develop
“We practised and played a lot against other teams,” said Schofield. “We had a really good team.”