Laval fe­male bas­ket­ballers earn shot at provin­cials

Claim two tight games against Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate to ad­vance to Deer Lake tour­na­ment

The Compass - - Sports - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Laval Cava­liers girls bas­ket­ball team has a shot at earn­ing a AAA pro­vin­cial ban­ner.

Play­ing in Pla­cen­tia, the Cava­liers swept the Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate Sen­tinels in two closely-con­tested games, tak­ing the first 62-58 on Fri­day, March 3 and the sec­ond 57-55 on the Satur­day.

“They’re al­ways close games when we play (Car­bon­ear),” head coach Me­lanie Whyte told The Com­pass last week. “The girls have been work­ing su­per hard to fix the lit­tle things that they had to work on to be able to play against Car­bon­ear.”

More of­ten than not, the Pla­cen­tia school came out on the win­ning end in matches against the Sen­tinels, claim­ing eight out of the 10 games played headto-head this sea­son. They won the Heart and Sole Tour­na­ment hosted by Car­bon­ear in Fe­bru­ary.

“We’re hav­ing a great sea­son so far,” said Whyte, who has been in­volved with bas­ket­ball at Laval for sev­eral years.

Last sea­son, the Laval se­nior girls team played at the AAAA level. Af­ter the team was out­played at provin­cials last year, the de­ci­sion was made to move down a level. Whyte feels the play in AAA bas­ket­ball is a bit more ag­gres­sive, forc­ing her play­ers to ad­just ac­cord­ingly.

Laval has one Grade 12 player, which sug­gests the team will have a sim­i­lar look next sea­son.

Provin­cials take place in Deer Lake March 17-19.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to provin­cials,” said Whyte. “I think we’re right where we should be.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the Laval High School fe­male se­nior bas­ket­ball team in­clude (front, from lef) Kaiden Whyte, Lau­ren Kelly, Macken­zie Leonard-Power, Brook­lyn McCarthy, Abby Gam­bin, as­sis­tant coach Ken­dra Whyte; (back) Robyn Cul­leton, Emily Fo­ley, Am­ber Bar­ron, Emily O’Keefe, Hil­lary Neville, Raven Ralph and coach Me­lanie Whyte.

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