The EDSS senior girls’ basketball team is off to a good start, winning their game against the Jacob Hespeler Hawks in the EDSS gym Tuesday afternoon.
This win comes as a welcome start for the fairly new group of Lancers, which has only four returning players this season. Team coach Brian Carter said that although they played “a good enough game to win” this week, the girls
will need to be a bit more consistent if they want to make it past regular season play.
“We do everything fairly well, but we need to play a bit more crisply.”
The team is fast and can shoot well, but had a bit of trouble defensively on the court this week. That being said, the beginning of a season with a new bunch of players always involves going through typical growing pains, and there is great potential for a strong, tight team, Carter noted.
“We have pretty good individual skills, but we are just learning how to play together.”
More than half of the players this season are students in Grade 11, making this year’s team one which is fairly young in comparison other schools, or even in relation to past EDSS squads.
Already having played three games and two tournaments together, the girls seemed to be comfortable cheering each other’s successes and supporting each other in their not-so-successful moments.
Carter has coached the girls’ basketball team for seven years and the boys’ team for a decade, and has already developed a fondness for this group.
“They are a good bunch of girls – very spirited and a lot of fun to coach.”