Senior Girls’ Basketball Team Victorious at CISAA Championship
“We have played basketball together since we were kids,” said Senior Girls’ Basketball Team Captain and Sports Prefect Blair about fellow co-Captain Caitlin.
All that practice has paid off, as the team recently won the Canadian Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) Senior Girls’ Basketball Championship against De La Salle College on November 4. Throughout the season, they played against The Bishop Strachan School, Lakefield College, Albert College and De La Salle College and were undefeated.
Blair and Caitlin took their roles seriously, wanting to mentor the younger players. “We led the team, improved our skills, motivated the team and created a great environment where the players really cared about the team and being successful in the sport.”
The players’ dedication and commitment to their sport is one key to their success. “We were all really committed to winning,” said Blair. “People were consistently going to practices and games and improving their skills. You could really tell that everyone cared. We were also friends, so we motivated each other and helped each other to be better. We wanted the best for the team.”
Blair and Caitlin liked the collegial and supportive aspect of being part of a team, and helping each other grow. “Although some players were not very experienced, they were still committed to getting better so together we all worked really hard to improve,” said Blair. “Players with basketball experience were always helping other players on the team.”
The team is coached by Head Coach Jordan Small and co-Coach Jill Strimas, and through their supportive leadership the team thrived. “The coaches also played a huge role in this,” said Blair. “They worked hard to create an environment where players wanted to work hard.”
“Everyone was proud of the team and willing to put in the work to improve. The team had a great mix of fun and competitiveness which kept everyone motivated.”
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