Pan­thers team push­ing en­durance

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS - Olivia Hilde­brandt of the St. Peter's Pan­thers waits for her team­mates to get into po­si­tion dur­ing se­nior girls bas­ket­ball ac­tion against the St. Thomas Aquinas Stingers on Thurs­day at St. Peter's Catholic Se­condary School in Bar­rie. The Stingers would ta

“En­durance is another ad­van­tage, too, for our team,” Cano said. “We may not be as bas­ket­ball tal­ented, but when we play those teams with a bunch of rep play­ers, we bring out that stuff, the en­durance and stamina from our other sports, and that puts us ahead some­times.”

The Pan­thers, again us­ing soc­cer­style throw-ins as their main pass­ing weapon, worked the ball around with ease, as the many years on the pitch to­gether has trans­lated over to the bas­ket­ball court.

“Since we’ve all played with each other for so long, we know how each other plays,” Cano said. “Ally Mor­ris and Re­becca Pearce, they know each other like the back of their hand. They know each other’s moves and what the other is go­ing to do.

“It gives us an ad­van­tage be­cause we know each other so well.”

But in the fourth quar­ter, the shoot­ing troubles would reemerge, with the Pan­thers un­able to score a bas­ket for the fi­nal 6:49 of the game.

That al­lowed St. Thomas Aquinas to come back and win.

“Un­der pres­sure, it’s hard,” Cooke said. “We prac­tice shoot­ing a lot, but un­der pres­sure, it’s tough.

“Once we get the form down, we should be able to shoot and even­tu­ally, bas­kets will start fall­ing.”

Acom­pet­i­tive­group,thePan­thers re­main un­daunted as they look to put ev­ery­thing to­gether to com­plete the tran­si­tion to the court.

“We’ve been win­ning games and im­prov­ing ev­ery week,” Cooke said. “Once our bas­kets start fall­ing, we’re a fast, quick team and we should be get­ting bet­ter.” twit­ter.com/stephen_sweet

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